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Fernando De Maio

  • Associate Professor of Sociology, Director of Graduate Studies (Sociology), and Co-Director, Center for Community Health Equity
  • PhD​
  • Sociology; Public Health
  • Faculty
  • 773-325-4431
  • 990 West Fullerton Avenue, 1108

Fernando De Maio was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He received a BA (Honors) degree in Sociology and Economics from the University of Toronto, and his MA (Sociology and Health Studies) and PhD(Sociology) degrees from the University of Essex in the United Kingdom. Prior to coming to Depaul, Dr. De Maio taught for five years at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. His research and teaching interest lie primarily within medical sociology—with an interest in how macro-level social factors influence patterns of health. In other words, how ill health (one of the most personal of all personal troubles) is influenced by larger public issues. Much of his work has focused on the income inequality hypothesis, and more recently, the health effects of racism/discrimination. Dr. De Maio has published two books, Health and Social Theory (2010) and Global Health Inequities (2014), and his work has appeared in a wide range of scholarly journals, including the American Journal of Public Health, Critical Public Health, Global Public Health, the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, Health Sociology Review, the International Journal of Epidemiology, and Teaching Statistics.

Dr. De Maio is also the co-director of the Center for Community Health Equity, which was founded by DePaul University and Rush University in 2015.


De Maio, FG., Shah, R.C., Mazzeo, J., & Ansell, D. (eds.) (2019). Community Health Equity: A Chicago Reader. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

De Maio, FG, Llovet, I., & Dinardi, G. (eds.)(2019). Latin American Perspectives on the Sociology of Health and Illness. London: Routledge

De Maio, FG. (2014). Global Health Inequities: A Sociological Perspective. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

De Maio, FG. (2010). Health & Social Theory. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Recent Articles

Pallok, K., De Maio., and Ansell, D. (2019). Structural Racism: A 60-Year-Old African-American woman with breast cancer. New England Journal of Medicine, 380(16): 1489-1493.

De Maio, FG, and Ansell, D. (2018) "As natural as the air around us": On the origin and development of the concept of structural violence in health research. International Journal of Health Services.

De Maio, FG, Llovet, I, and Dinardi, D. (2017). Latin American health sociology. Health Sociology Review, 26(3): 221-223.

De Maio, FG, Shah, RC, Schipper, K., Gurdiel, R. & Ansell, D. (2017). Racial/ethnic minority segregation and low birth weight: a comparative study of Chicago and Toronto community-level indicators. Critical Public Health, 27(5): 541-553.

De Maio, FG & Shah, RC. (2016). A community response to a public health advertisement. American Journal of Public Health, 106(11): 1979.

De Maio, FG., Konfino, J., Ondarsuhu, D., Goldberg, L., Linetzky, B., Ferrante, D. (2015). Sex-stratified and age-adjusted social gradients in tobacco in Argentina and Uruguay: evidence from the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS).  Tobacco Control, 24(6): 562-7.

Konfino, J., De Maio, FG, Ondarsuhu, D., Goldberg, L., Ferrante, D., and Linetzky, B. (2015). The sociodemographic patterning of opposition to raising taxes on tobacco and restricting tobacco advertisements in Argentina.  Public Health, 129(4): 364-9.

De Maio, FG, Llovet, I., & Dinardi, G. (2014). Chagas disease in non-endemic countries: ‘sick immigrant’ phobia or a public health concern? Critical Public Health, 24(3): 372-380.

De Maio, FG.  (2014). Regression analysis and the sociological imagination.  Teaching Statistics, 36(2): 52-57.