• Affiliate Professor, Global Health

Western Washington University
Department of Sociology
Bellingham, WA
United States

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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. Her teaching and research are interdisciplinary, combining sociology and public health. Her research interests include the social determinants of health, critical health literacy, and critical global learning. She is a leader in WWU’s faculty led Global Learning Programs. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon from 1994-1997, where she focused on public health and gender in development, 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 and social justice. Currently this includes being a board member of Health Alliance International and the Institute for Village Studies, and an advisory board member of Just Health Action and the Western Regional Global Health Conference.

  • PhD, University of Washington
  • MPH, University of Washington
  • MA, University of Washington
  • BA, St. Johns College
Country Affiliations 
  • French
Health Topics 
  • Education and Training
  • Health Disparities
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Sociology
DGH Centers, Programs and Initiatives and Affiliated Organizations 

Social and structural determinants of health, social justice and health, gender and reproductive health, immigration


Bennett, Stephen, Jasmine Goodnow and Elizabeth Mogford. Forthcoming 2022. “Centering Public Health and Community Consent in Tourism Post COVID-19.” Recreation, Parks and Tourism in Public Health. Vol 6.

Mogford, Elizabeth and Christopher Lyons. 2019. “The Impacts of International Service Learning on Host Communities: Host Student Perspectives Related to Global Citizenship and Relative Deprivation.” Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, XXXI (2):86-104.

Mogford, Elizabeth, Linn Gould, and Andra DeVoght. 2011. “Teaching Critical Health Literacy as a Means to Take Action on the Social Determinants of Health.” Health Promotion International 26: 4-13.

Hirschman, Charles and Elizabeth Mogford. 2009. “Immigrants and Industrialization in the United States, 1880 to 1920.” Social Science Research 38:897-920.

Almgren, Gunnar, Maya Magarati and Elizabeth Mogford. 2009. “Examining the Influences of Gender, Race, Ethnicity and Social Capital on the Subjective Health of Adolescents.” Journal of Adolescence, 32:109-133.