Rebekah Israel Cross

Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Health Behavior
Departments of Maternal and Child Health


Dr. Rebekah Israel Cross is a Carolina Postdoctoral Fellow in the Departments of Health Behavior and Maternal and Child Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Her research explores how racism shapes the health of Black communities. The first area involves conceptualizing and measuring racism to document its impact on Black birthing people, children, and babies. The second area aims to explain how racism shapes health through space. She’s interested in how space is imagined, managed, maintained, and made accessible to different people. This line of work focuses on housing-related mechanisms because housing is used as a tool for exclusion and exploitation. At the same time, she is interested in how progressive housing interventions can counteract injustice and improve population health.

Research Activities

Critical Race Theory

Urban Development

Housing Justice

Health Inequity


  • PhD, Community Health Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, 2022
  • MA, Sociology, American University, 2013
  • BA, Sociology and Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011