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


- Oral health disparities
- Dental safety net
- Health care workforce
- Community engaged research
- Community organizing
- Rural health


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

M.P.H., Emory University

Ph.D, University of Arizona

Research Interests

1. Oral health service delivery: The political and moral economies of care; dental safety net policy advocacy, implementation, and practice; team-based care; dental workforce diversification; patient-reported outcomes; shared decision-making
2. Experiences of people with unmet dental needs: Self-management of pain and infection; stigma and other social effects; narrative
3. The dental humanities and social sciences


Excellence in Teaching Award, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs (2021, Nominee)
Excellence in Mentoring Award, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs (2020, Recipient)
Rudolph Virchow Graduate Student Award, Society for Medical Anthropology (2015, Recipient)
Eugene J. Gangarosa Award for International Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University (2004, Recipient)
Sarah E. Raskin is an Assistant Professor at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, member of the iCubed Initiative Oral Health Core, and  faculty affiliate with the VCU School of Dentistry's Department of Dental Public Health and Policy. A former public health practitioner cross-trained in medical anthropology, health services research, and implementation science, Dr. Raskin conducts mixed methods community engaged research on oral health equity in the U.S. through an intersectional, anti-oppression lens. She co-chairs the Virginia Health Catalyst's Future of Public Oral Health Workforce Implementation Team. She also serves as Association for the Anthropology of Policy's Anthropology News column editor and on its anti-racism working group; on the American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research's Ethics in Dental Research Committee; and as a Legal Observer with the Washington DC chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. Dr. Raskin's research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Agency for HealthCare Research and Quality, CareQuest Institute for Oral Health, and The VCU C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research.

Key Publications

2021 Raskin, Sarah E., Vuong Diep, Katherine Chung-Bridges, Lisa Heaton, Julie Frantsve-Hawley. Dental safety net providers’ experiences with COVID-19 year one service delivery should inform dental pandemic preparedness. Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.adaj.2021.11.005

2021 Raskin, Sarah E., Eric P. Tranby, Sharity Ludwig, Ilya Okunev, Julie Frantsve-Hawley, and Sean Boynes. Survival of silver diamine fluoride as a non-aerosol generating procedure among patients treated in community dental clinics. BMC Oral Health 21, 35 https://bmcoralhealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12903-020-01379-x  

2021 Burton, Dana,* Sarah E. Raskin, Leyla Safta-Zecheria, and Paul Stubbs.Anti-Racism for an Anthropology of Policy Otherwise. Anthropology News. https://www.anthropology-news.org/articles/anti-racism-for-an-anthropology-of-policy-otherwise/ 

2021 Zimmerman, Emily B., Sarah E. Raskin, Brian Ferrell*, Alex H. Krist. Developing a classification system and algorithm to track community-engaged research using IRB protocols at a large research university. Journal of Clinical and Translational Science, 1-18. https://doi:10.1017/cts.2021.877 

2021 Stuart, Elizabeth A., Ashley Darcy-Mahoney, Natalie Exum, and Sarah E. Raskin. A four-point plan to vaccinate America's elementary-school-age children. The Hill. Nov 11. Available at: https://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/580905-a-four-point-plan-to-vaccinate-americas-elementary-school-age-children?rl=1 

2020 Raskin, Sarah E. Parents’ experiences with a school-based dental sealant project in central Appalachia. Health Behavior and Policy Review 7:215-222(8). doi.org/10.14485/HBPR.7.3.6

2020 Akinkugbe, Aderonke A., Sarah E. Raskin, Richard H. Singer, Tracy L. Finlayson, Marston Youngblood, Nadia Laniado, Shirley Beaver, Linda Kaste. Perceived oral health care need and actual oral health status in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL). J. Public Health Dentistry. doi.org/10.1111/jphd.12376 

2019 Phillips, Serena, Sarah Raskin, Francesca Gany, Ruta Brazinskaite, and Cherise Harrington. “You have to keep a roof over your head”: A taxonomy of housing needs among cancer patients and survivors in New York City. J. Oncology Practice. doi/pdf/10.1200/JOP.19.00077

2017 Raskin, Sarah. “Toothless Maw-maw can’t eat no more”: Stigma and synergies of dental disease, diabetes, and psychosocial stress among low-income rural Appalachians In: Stigma syndemics: New directions in biosocial health. Shir Lerman, Bayla Ostrach, and Merrill Singer, eds. Pp. 193-216. Lanham MA: Lexington Books.