Linda Villarosa’s New Book Addresses Racial Disparities in Health Care

  • By Newmark J-School Staff

Associate professor Linda Villarosa’s new book on racial disparities in the health care system, “Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation,” was published on June 14.

The book, which was excerpted as a cover story in The New York Times Magazine, details the impact that racial discrimination and inequitable treatment have had on the health of African Americans who “live sicker and die quicker” compared to their white counterparts.

In a review for The Washington Post, Jerald Walker, a professor of African American literature and creative writing at Emerson College, described “Under the Skin” as brilliant and illuminating. “Meticulously researched, sweeping in its historical breadth, damning in its clear-eyed assessment of facts and yet hopeful in its outlook, “Under the Skin” is a must-read for all who affirm that Black lives matter. It will be especially eye-opening for anyone who believes that wealth, education and access to quality medical services are the great equalizers, the attainable means by which Black Americans can achieve health-care parity.”

After its publication, the book jumped to number one in ethnic studies and health policy new releases on Amazon’s ranking of book sales

Villarosa joined the faculty of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY as a journalist-in-residence beginning in the Fall 2021 semester. She also remains a faculty member at City College, where she has been teaching journalism since 2009. She graduated from the Newmark J-School in 2013 with a Master in Journalism.