Robin Evans-Agnew, RN, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor ; Graduate Faculty
Evans-Agnew, Robin

Contact information

Dept: Nursing
Room: CP 336
Phone: 253-692-4833


  • Ph.D., Nursing, University of Washington, 2011.


Robin Evans-Agnew joined the faculty at the University of Washington Tacoma (UWT) in 2012. His major interests are in the exploration of healthcare, chronic disease management (including asthma), and policy change in relation to health inequities and the social determinants of health. He also investigates practical innovations in community-based nursing leadership aimed at mitigating the effects of structural inequities and structural violence.

Robin Evans-Agnew received his PhD (2011) and MN (1989) from the University of Washington and his BSN (1994) from Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of the Washington Asthma Initiative Steering committee. His clinical experience as a community health nurse included program planning and advocacy roles within the American Lung Association of Washington, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, and Seattle School Nurses.

Scholarly Interests:

  • Public Health
  • Asthma
  • Health inequities
  • Policy change


  • Critical and feminist theory
  • Interpretive/qualitative
  • Community-based participatory action research
  • Ethnography
  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Visual methods (including Photovoice)

Current Research:

  • Discourses of asthma management disparities in African American adolescents in Central and Southeast Seattle
  • Transportation equity in the Vision 2040 transportation plan for Pierce County

Courses Taught:

T NURS 414: Health, Communities, and Populations
T NURS / THLEAD 407 Diversity, Health, and Inequities
T NURS/THLEAD 430 Interpersonal Communication

Selected Publications:

  • Evans-Agnew, R. A. (2011). Asthma management: An ecosocial framework for disparity research. Journal of Health Disparity Research and Practice, 5(1), 1-19.