Tiffany Joseph

Tiffany D. Joseph

Associate Professor of Sociology, Northeastern University
Chapter Member: Boston SSN

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Joseph’s research broadly examines how contemporary immigration is changing U.S. racial dynamics particularly with regard to racial classification and interracial relations, and how being an immigrant influences one’s experiences of life and integration in the U.S. Her projects have focused more specifically on the racialization of Brazilian immigrants and healthcare access for immigrants under comprehensive health reforms like the Massachusetts Reform and the federal Affordable Care Act. Joseph has volunteered with and been an advocate for various organizations in the U.S. and Brazil such as Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, Brazilian Women’s Group, and the Dominican Development Center. As a former Fulbright Grantee to Brazil, she has also served as an alumni ambassador for the Fulbright Program and presented her research in public forums to bring more public awareness to her areas of research interests, which have broad societal implications.


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"Why Anti-Immigrant Policies Matter for Population Health," Tiffany D. Joseph (with Helen B. Marrow), Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science, April 8, 2019.


Race on the Move: U.S. Migration and Making America in Brazil (Stanford University Press, 2015).

Highlights the experiences of Brazilian return migrants, who after navigating racial categories and discrimination in the U.S., must racially readapt to their native Brazil, a country with comparatively fluid racial categories and cordial interracial relations.

"Still Left Out: Health Care Stratification under the Affordable Care Act" Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 43, no. 12 (2017): 2089-2107.

Shows how such stratification may worsen existing disparities in healthcare coverage and access among the U.S. population using existing survey research regarding national Affordable Care Act implementation and a qualitative study of AffordableCare Act implementation in Boston, Massachusetts.

"Falling through the Coverage Cracks: How Documentation Status Minimizes Immigrants’ Access to Health Care" Journal of Health Policy, Politics, and Law 42, no. 5 (2017): 961-984.

Examines the relationship between coverage and health care access for immigrants under comprehensive health reform in the Boston metropolitan area.

"What Health Care Reform Means for Immigrants: Comparing the Affordable Care Act and Massachusetts Health Reforms" Journal of Health Policy, Politics, and Law (2015).

Examines the ACA reform using the Massachusetts reform as a comparative case study to outline how citizenship status influences individuals’ coverage options under both policies. Discusses other states that provide coverage to ACA-ineligible immigrants and the implications of uneven ACA implementation for immigrants and citizens nationwide.

"Excluded and Frozen Out: Unauthorized Immigrants’ (Non) Access to Care after Health Care and Immigration Reforms," (with Helen B. Marrow), 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, July 2014.

Draws on the sociological literature on boundaries to show that the Affordable Care Act (through the intersection of immigration and health policy) intentionally increases the “brightness” of unauthorized immigrants’ exclusion in the U.S. healthcare system.

"The MA and ACA Health Reforms: Implications for Marginalized Populations," James House Retirement Symposium, May 2014.

Outlines differences in the Massachusetts and Affordable Care Act Reforms and compares how marginalized populations (i.e. immigrants, minorities) in that state and across the country will not fully benefit from the policy due to existing disparities in healthcare, mistrust of the healthcare system, and difficulty enrolling for and using coverage.

"Examining Barriers to Health Care for Immigrants in Boston under ‘Universal’ Coverage," Sociology Workshop Series, University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, February 2014.

Explores the healthcare barriers that remain to using health services for immigrants in Massachusetts after implementation of the 2006 health reform.

"‘My Life was Filled with Constant Anxiety’: Anti-Immigrant Discrimination, Undocumented Status, and their Mental Health Implications for Brazilian Immigrants" Race and Social Problems 3, no. 3 (2011): 170-181.
Examines how Brazilian return migrants’ experiences living as racialized and primarily undocumented immigrants in the United States influenced their mental health.
"‘Why Don’t You Get Somebody New to Do It?’: Race and Cultural Taxation in the Academy" (with Laura Hirshfield). Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies 34, no. 1 (2010): 121-141.
Explores how cultural taxation, originally coined by Amado Padilla (1994) to describe the additional expectations placed on minority faculty because of their backgrounds, affects minority faculty in a research university.