Dr. Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins

historian | sociologist | social epidemiologist

Vice-Provost Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania


a blue-collar academician who is one of America’s emerging voices on race, racism, & medicine...


Dr. Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins is a dynamic speaker, author, and scholar who serve as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and a Core Investigator at the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) at the Corporal Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia. Jenkins is appointed an Associate Fellow within the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. Jenkins directs the Interpreting Attitudes toward Minorities in Medicine (I AM) Research Group.

Dr. Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins

Dr. Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins

Recognized as a national thought-leader in medicine, Dr. Jenkins was appointed in 2019 as a fellow within the Veteran’s Health Administration’s Office of Minority Health. In this role, Jenkins act as the liaison to the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) appointed Dr. Jenkins to the Paradigm Project learning community which focuses on design-thinking principles and approaches, to devise and test innovative approaches to revolutionize the health services research. In 2017, the National Quality Forum named him a 40 Under 40 Leader in Health.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the nation’s leading philanthropy on health and healthcare, awarded Dr. Jenkins the highly-competitive New Connections award for early career scholars. After obtaining his bachelor’s from North Carolina Central University and master’s degrees from Florida A&M University focused on medical and legal history, Dr. Jenkins earned a Ph.D. in Sociology and Criminology & Law from the University of Florida.

Dr. Jenkins, who is two-time award winner national journalism examines the influence of race, racism, and psychosocial stress within medicine. Dr. Jenkins leads research studies that examine how racism makes people who are living with chronic kidney disease sick. He also investigates the nexus of organizational performance acceleration through the lens of inclusion and diversity. His premise surrounding inclusion and diversity confronts how organizational culture disrupts success and paints those who may be different as deficient.

As an author, Jenkins is currently working on the book, Hue Process: The Quantitative Measurement of Racism in Medicine and he is the co-editor of the forthcoming book Contemporary African America (New York University Press).


Dr. Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins | 2019