Professor Tiffany Joseph is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, and International Affairs in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. She is one of our newest members of the the Dean’s Council of Civic Sustainability, Diversity and Inclusion. For Professor Joseph, CSSH provides an interdisciplinary, inclusive and collaborative environment for both faculty and students.
Professor Joseph’s research explores the micro-level impacts of public policy on well-being, particularly that of immigrants and ethno-racial minorities. Both populations have been important for understanding the manifestations of social inequality and the persistence of various disparities in the United States.
It is critical to examine social inequality comparatively and transnationally, as immigrants in our society arrive from other regions of the world with different cultural perspectives.
These populations become racialized minorities in this nation, a category that shapes their incorporation experiences and those of their U.S-born descendants.This is particularly true with recent changes in immigration and health policies that influence people’s healthcare decisions and daily lives.
With the city of Boston as a case study, Professor Joseph’s current research examines how documentation status, race, and ethnicity affect healthcare access for Latin American immigrants under the Massachusetts and Affordable Care Act (colloquially known as Obamacare) health reforms. Preliminary findings indicate that while immigrants of various documentation statuses can access formal health coverage through Massachusetts-funded programs, increased anti-immigrant sentiment at the national level is reducing immigrants’ comfort in actually using health services. As immigrants of color, some of her respondents also feel that “looking” Latino lends to racial profiling and additional discrimination in their daily lives, which also indirectly shapes their healthcare decisions.
Professor Joseph’s research and teaching interests enrich the diversity and inclusion conversation within CSSH. Her early research studied the experiences of faculty of color and women faculty in academia. Her studies found that “race and cultural taxation” exists in the academy in a way that extra diversity services and activities are allocated to the underrepresented faculty of color and women. Understanding the ways that cultural identity taxation exists in the academy is critical when institutions make policies to enhance the diversity and inclusiveness and create strategies to help those minority faculty members to successfully navigate their career. For Professor Joseph, the Women of Color in the Academy Conference, hosted annually at Northeastern University and other institutions in the greater Boston area, shows the institutional commitment to creating affinity groups of people of color and women in universities in the area. The conference creates networks for women of color academics and helps them develop the necessary skills to balance their obligations and navigate their career effectively.
Professor Joseph currently teaches two undergraduate courses during Fall 2018. In Racial and Ethnic Relations in the U.S., students learn relevant terminology for effectively discussing racial and ethnic relations. Students also explore the history of how various racial and ethnic groups were incorporated into the United States, which is relevant for understanding current racial and ethnic relations. The second course is Globalization and International Affairs, which focuses on various aspects of globalization and the impact of real-world social issues such as inequality and development, labor and trade, and migration, which are also relevant for understanding the current global social, economic, and political order.