College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Dr. Liz Mogford


Ph.D., Sociology, University of Washington

M.P.H., International Health, University of Washington

(360) 650-3002

AH 524

Current Courses


  • Population Issues, Soc 221
  • Global Citizenship, Intl 302
  • Introduction to Research Methods, Soc 306
  • Global Health, Soc 348
  • Population Health Advocacy, Soc 435


Global Learning Programs: 

  • Global Health and Community Building in Rwanda, Soc 437
  • Kenya: Social Justice and Society, Intl 437H 
  • Global Health in the Himalayas, Intl 437D/Fairhaven 437d 
  • Himalaya Cultures and Ecology, Field Studies in Ladakh, India, Fairhaven 437B 
  • Kenya and Rwanda International Service-Learning Field Studies, Intl 437H, Soc 437L 


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.



Faculty Research Interests

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

Selected Publications

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

Fuist, Todd, Elizabeth Mogford, and Abhijit Das. 2018. “Lifestyle movements as social networks: The connections between everyday politics and larger collective action in an Indian feminist movement,” Sociological Perspectives. Published online 2-19-2018.

Mogford, Elizabeth, Courtney Irby and Abhijit Das. 2015. “Changing men to change gender: Combatting hegemonic masculinity through antiviolence activism in northern India.” International Journal of Sociology of the Family. 41(2):71-93.

Mogford, E. and Lyons, Christopher. 2014. “Village tolerance of abuse, women's status, and the ecology of intimate partner violence in rural Uttar Pradesh, India.” The Sociological Quarterly 55:705–731.

Das, Abhijit, Elizabeth Mogford, Satish K. Singh, Ruhul Amin Barbhuiya, Shishir Chandra and Rachel Wahl. 2012. “Reviewing responsibilities and renewing relationships: an intervention with men on violence against women in India.” Culture, Health & Sexuality: An International Journal for Research, Intervention and Care 14(6):659-675.

Mogford, Elizabeth. 2011. “When status hurts: Dimensions of women’s status and domestic abuse in northern India.” Violence Against Women 17:835-857.

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.

Gould, Linn, Elizabeth Mogford, and Andra DeVoght. 2010. “Successes and challenges of teaching the social determinants of health in secondary schools: case examples in Seattle, Washington, USA.” Health Promotion Practice 11:26S-33S.

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.

Mogford, Elizabeth and Abhijit Das. 2007. A different reality: Exploring changes around men, violence against women and gender equality. Uttar Pradesh, India: Sahayog Press.

Mogford, Elizabeth. 2004*. “Structural determinants of infant mortality in sub-Saharan Africa: A cross-national study of economic and social influences from 1970 – 1997.” Biodemography and Social Biology 51:94-120. (*Published in 2007, journal back-issued to 2004.)

Research Interests

  • Gender Equity
  • Global health
  • Social/structural determinants of health
  • Travel Ethics

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