Kiana Wilkins

Kiana K. Wilkins is a doctoral student and graduate research assistant in the Sociology department at Rice University. Her research focuses on how various intersections of race, class, gender, indigeneity, and sexuality relate to wellbeing. Kiana’s current research examines health disparities across the intersections of racial/ethnic and sexual identity, with a particular focus on the status of Native American/Alaskan Native intersectional groups. Using Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance(BRFSS) data, she is currently working on a paper looking at how sexual orientation and age intersection to shape chronic health conditions among American Indian/Alaskan Natives. Additionally, her master's thesis examines how racial and ethnic identity, along with sexual orientation and gender, shape influenza vaccine utilization among US adults.

Kiana earned her Bachelor degree in Sociology with a minor in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies from California State University Long Beach. Correct pronouns are she/her. For more information on Kiana's work please email her at

Research Areas

Gender & Sexuality; Health Disparities; Indigenous Issues; Intersectionality; Race & Ethnicity; Racism; Settler Colonialism


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