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Edgar Rivera Colón, Ph.D.

Course Director, Narrative Medicine Certificate

Edgar Rivera Colón, PhD, a medical anthropologist, is Clinical Assistant Professor of Medical Education at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine. He teaches courses on health justice and the history of racism in medicine in the Narrative Medicine program. Dr. Rivera Colón is also Course Director at Columbia University’s Narrative Medicine Certificate of Professional Achievement program where he trains students in qualitative research methods. 

With his Columbia colleagues, he co-authored the award-winning textbook, The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine (Oxford University Press). He is a co-facilitator of the People’s CDC through his work at the Free People’s University for Urban Restoration in Orange, New Jersey. 

His present book project is Love Comes in Knots: Meditations in the American Labyrinth. He hosts a podcast about radical politics and spirituality called Karl Marx Ate My Field Notes. Dr. Rivera Colón is an ordained minister in The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries who is missioned to be a social movement chaplain in Los Angeles and beyond.


  • Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine (Oxford University Press 2017), co-author
  • “Between the Runway & the Empty Tomb: Bodily Transformation and Christian Praxis in New York City’s House Ball Community," Christianity and Culture in the City: A Postcolonial Approach (Lexington Books, 2012), edited by Dr. Samuel Cruz