Dr. Camara Jones discusses how situations she has experienced throughout her life have served as allegories that help to explain the mechanisms behind race and types of racism. Watch and listen as she tells four stories entitled, “Japanese Lanterns,” “Dual Reality: A Restaurant Saga,” “Levels of Racism: A Gardener’s Tale,” and “Life on a Conveyor Belt: Moving to Action.” Each story helps to unpack everyday situations that revolve around institutionalized, personally-mediated, and internalized racism.
Jones is a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on the impact of racism on the health and well-being of the nation. She was an Assistant Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health from 1994 to 2000, and a Medical Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2000 to 2013. She received her BA in Molecular Biology from Wellesley College, her MD from the Stanford University School of Medicine, and both her Master of Public Health and her PhD in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.