L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs



Sarah Raskin, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at the VCU Wilder School.

Sarah Raskin

Assistant professor

Raleigh Building, Room 3009D Phone: (804) 828-1651 Email: seraskin@vcu.edu


  • The health care safety net
  • Race, class and the body
  • Ethnographic, qualitative and mixed methods


B.A.I.S., George Mason University

M.P.H., Emory University

Ph.D, University of Arizona

Research Interests

Medical anthropology; health policy, health services, and health care delivery; oral health and dental care; health disparities; access to care; social safety net; public entitlements; health care workforce; political economy; moral economy; race, class, and the body; intersectional frameworks for advancing health and health care equity; Appalachia; the U.S. South; the rural U.S.; ethnographic, qualitative, and mixed methods; community engagement.


Sarah Raskin, Ph.D.,  is a medical anthropologist who examines social, contextual, structura, and ethical determinants of health problems and health care access and use among historically marginalized populations. Her community-responsive multi-sited ethnography of oral health disparities and access to dental care in central Appalachia won the Society for Medical Anthropology's Rudolf Virchow graduate student paper award. Her dissertation research was supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ); she has shared findings from this work in a variety of settings, including keynote addresses to the Virginia Oral Health Coalition annual meeting and a DentaQuest Foundation regional summit.

Prior to joining VCU, Raskin directed a small portfolio of research and research translation projects on cancer survivorship care and cancer patient navigation for the Institute for Patient-Centered Care and Health Equity at the GW Cancer Center, including a large longitudinal study comparing cancer survivorship care models that was funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Previously, she served as a community health educator addressing HIV prevention and intimate partner violence in the rural and urban U.S. South, and a research fellow at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Violence Prevention. Raskin is a collaborator on the iCubed Initiative, Oral Health core.