Doctor of Science student in Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Alen Agaronov moved to Brooklyn, New York under refugee status at the age of four from Baku, Azerbaijan. Seeking a life of health and prosperity, the first meal he ate was at McDonald’s in John F. Kennedy International Airport. Today, Alen is interested in untangling conceptions of health, specifically in the context of food, diet, and nutrition. His goal is to better understand contemporary nutrition theory, the extent to which healthy eating is related to wealth, and how society governs conceptions of the healthy diet.
Alen approaches his research topic in a multidisciplinary fashion that brings together epidemiology and ethnography between two schools – public health and medical anthropology. He is also heavily invested in the theory and practice of participatory action research and its potential in promoting citizen science. Alen hopes that one day he can bring these tools to communities of former Soviet immigrants in New York City.
Alen is currently a Doctor of Science student at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Prior to Harvard, he completed a B.S.-M.S. in Nutrition and Food Science at the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College. Alen is also a Registered Dietitian.