Bearing Witness
The Covid-19 & Inequality History Documentation Project

Bearing Witness is an effort to document and interpret the events associated with the novel coronavirus epidemic in the United States as it pertains to racialized minorities.

Our methodology is fairly simple. Our research team has established a series of Google alerts on specific topics related to mass incarceration, social determinants of health. We have drawn from these to create the Timeline below. The Timeline represents principally four types of events: data events, political events, policy events, and scientific events. We are also providing a curated Bibliography of popular and scholarly publications to accompany the Timeline.

Research & Production Team

Bearing Witness is a research project by the Columbia University Center for Science and Society’s Research Cluster on Race, Inequality and Health. Dr. Samuel Kelton Roberts is the Cluster leader. Please send any questions, comments, or suggestions to

To learn more, visit our Credits page.