Liz Mogford



_______________________________________________________________________________________ Elizabeth (Liz) Mogford is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at Western Washington University and an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington. She earned her B.A. in Liberal Arts at St. John’s College in 1990, a M.A. in Sociology and a M.P.H. in International Health at the University of Washington in 2002 and completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Washington in 2007. Professor Mogford’s teaching and research are interdisciplinary, combining sociology and public health. Her research interests include the social/structural determinants of health and equity; activist movements against gender violence; critical health literacy pedagogy; and the ethics of travel. She is a leader in WWU’s faculty led Global Learning Programs and has led Western students on ten trips to five countries. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon from 1994-1997 and has conducted research in India, Mexico, and Kenya. In addition to teaching and research, Liz works on advocacy and outreach for advancing global health equity. Currently this includes being an executive board member of the International Beliefs and Values Institute, a board member of Health Alliance International and the Institute for Village Studies, an advisory board member of Just Health Action and the Western Regional Global Health Conference, and a member of the Whatcom County Health Department “Place Matters” Leadership Team.  Just Health Action is a Seattle-based health advocacy organization that she co-founded in 2005.    

Research Interests

  • Social/structural determinants of health, travel ethics, critical health literacy pedagogy, gender equity with focus on violence against women