PhD. Candidate Sione Lister Selected for RWJF Health Policy Research Scholars

Oct. 1, 2020

We are proud to announce that Sione Lynn Pili Lister, Sociology PhD student at the University of Arizona, has been selected to participate in one of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s leadership programs. These programs connect changemakers across the country—from every profession and field—to learn from and work with one another in creating more just and thriving communities.

Specifically, Sione was selected for Health Policy Research Scholars. Designed for doctoral students from historically marginalized backgrounds and populations underrepresented in specific disciplines, Health Policy Research Scholars helps researchers from all fields apply their work to policies that advance equity and health while building a diverse field of leaders who reflect our changing national demographics.

As a member of the program’s newest cohort, Sione's work examines how the law is wielded as a tool of white supremacy and settler colonialism. She is currently interested in how legal language in residential lease contracts is connected to residential segregation and eviction.

To learn more about Health Policy Research Scholars and RWJF’s other leadership programs, and to meet other participants, visit