Terrell Frazier

Terrell Frazier is a Ph.D. student in Sociology and a Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow at Columbia University. He is also a 2016 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar. His research interests include political sociology, social movements, social networks, organizations, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, oral history, memory and affective states, and stratification and inequality.

His current research—a study of activist network structures in New York City—investigates the relationship between social movement actors’ social positions and their capacities for strategic action. His work with Adam Reich and Peter Bearman also examines health and disease at the intersections of identity, social position and processes of advantage and disadvantage, to illuminate both the etiology of health disparities in marginalized communities and the relationship between the social patterning of disease and the patterning of related social movements. Frazier is also an oral historian generalist who is widely respected for his work bringing the methodological rigor of the social sciences to the collection and analysis of life histories. He has also been at the forefront of using oral history as a tool for community engagement and social change. He is an editor of Documenting and Interpreting Conflict through Oral History.

Prior to joining the Sociology department Terrell completed his M.A. in African American Studies at Columbia, where he has also worked as a researcher at the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE) and Education and Outreach Director of the Columbia Center for Oral History. He has been co-director of the Columbia University Oral History Summer Institute since 2012.