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Starr Sage

Associate Professor

  • Education
  • PhD, University of Minnesota
    MS, University of Minnesota

Dr. Starr Sage (she/her) is an Associate Professor of Public Health and the Director of the Undergraduate Public Health Program. She earned both her Doctorate in Environmental Health and Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology from the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. Since coming to St. Thomas in 2015, she has developed and taught public health courses, advised students majoring in public health, and contributed to the redesigns of the public health major requirements.

Her primary research interest utilizes a health equity lens to examine the ways in which social determinants influence health, particularly cancer outcomes in communities of color. In addition, she conducts qualitative research using a sociological lens to examine college students’ perceptions of diversity, inclusion, and difference in university settings. She is also deeply committed to creating inclusive spaces that facilitate learning for all students.

Dingel, M. J., & Sage, S. (2021). Habitus congruence and college student experiences in social, academic, and racial domains. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 1-17.

Dingel, M. J., & Sage, S. K. (2020). Undergraduate students’ perceptions of diversity over time.Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 13(2), 120–132.

Sage, S., Hawkins-Taylor, C., Crockett, A. & Balls-Berry, J. (2019). “Girl, Just Pray …”: Factors that Influence Breast and Cervical Cancer Among Black Women in Rochester, MN. Journal of the National Medical Association, 112(5), 454-67.

Sage, S., Prichard, R., & Finnegan, A. (2019). The World Café: Promoting Interdisciplinary Dialogue on Global Health Issues. Diversity & Democracy Spring/Summer 22 (2-3).

Dingel, M. & Sage, S. (2016). Dimensions of Difference, Sense of Belonging, and Fitting In: Tensions Around Developing Peer Groups, Student Body, Diversity, and Academic Culture. Learning Communities Journal, 8(1), 131-156.