Amanda Lee, a first-year Ph.D. student in Sociocultural and Medical Anthropology, received an Honorable Mention for the 2019 Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship for her research proposal titled “Chronic Illness Care Seeking of Latinx Immigrants in Tucson.” Her name will appear on the Fellowships Office’s Honorable Mention List. Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs seek to increase the diversity of colleges and universities and provide support to predoctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral scholars in science, engineering, social sciences, and humanities. For 2101 applicants this year, 70 predoctoral awards were available. Amanda’s proposed ethnographic research asks: What are the experiences of Latinx immigrants seeking care for rare chronic illnesses in Tucson amidst health care and immigration policy changes? How do health care providers adapt to policy uncertainties and approach the political-economic realities of immigrant patients in care management plans?
In her graduate studies, Amanda will continue to draw on several years of experience conducting research on health inequities, as well as her personal experiences as a queer woman of color, the daughter of an immigrant, and the sister of someone with a rare bleeding disorder. (Anthro News Digest date: 4/12/2019)