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