Shervin Assari, a research assistant professor at the University of Michigan, is studying a wide range of psychological issues from depression to violence and drug use. Recently, Assari has been making strides in studying the effects race has on certain aspects of mental and physical health.
Assari began to consider race as a factor in his research when he came from Iran to the United States directly to the University of Michigan. One of the things that struck him both about the country and the University was the importance of race.
“I am coming from a country where class matters, but there is no such thing called race, and ethnicity is also not as important as it is in the U.S.,” Assari said. “After coming to this country, I saw that the most important variable that I could look at in my research is race.”
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