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Associate Professor of Sociology and International Affairs; Graduate Program Director, Sociology

Dr. Joseph joined the Northeastern faculty in 2018 after serving as Assistant Professor of Sociology at Stony Brook University from 2013-2018. Prior to that, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Scholar at Harvard University. Her research explores the micro-level consequences of public policy on individuals, immigrants’ health and healthcare access, comparative frameworks of race and migration in the Americas, and the experiences of faculty of color and women in academia.

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  • Grant for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
  • Senior Ford Foundation Fellowship
  • Woodrow Wilson Foundation Nancy Weiss Malkiel Junior Faculty Fellowship
  • American Sociological Association Funding across the Discipline Award
  • Institute of International Education Fulbright Student Grant, Brazil
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation  Scholars in Health Policy Program
  • Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship


  • Health Equity Pilot Award, Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research
  • College of Social Sciences and Humanities Multigenerational Research Team Grant

Professional Associations

  • American Sociological Association, Interdisciplinary Association of Population Health Scientists
  • Houston, Ashley, Tibrine Da Fonseca, Tiffany D. Joseph, and Alisa Lincoln. 2022. “Challenging Federal Exclusion: Immigrant Safety, Health, and Healthcare Access in Sanctuary Cities.” Health and Place 75, published online May 19, DOI:
  • Tiffany D. Joseph and Tanya Golash-Boza. 2021. “Double Consciousness in the 21st Century: Du Boisian Theory and the Problem of Racialized Legal Status.” Social Sciences 10(9), 345;
  • Tiffany D. Joseph. 2020. “Whitening Citizenship: Race, Ethnicity, and Documentation Status as Brightened Boundaries of Exclusion in the U.S. and Europe.” Chapter 4 in International Handbook of Contemporary Racisms. (Editor John Solomos). New York: Routledge Press.
  • Tiffany D. Joseph. 2017. “Falling through the Coverage Cracks: How Documentation Status Minimizes Immigrants’ Access to Health Care.” Journal of Health Policy, Politics, and Law 42:961-984, published online June 29, DOI: 10.1215/03616878-394049.
  • Tiffany D. Joseph. 2017. “Still Left Out: Health Care Stratification under the Affordable Care Act.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 12: 2089-2107, published online June 12, DOI:
  • Tiffany D. Joseph. 2016. “What Healthcare Reform Means for Immigrants: A Comparison of the Affordable Care Act and Massachusetts Health Reforms. Journal of Health Policy, Politics, and Law 41: 101-116, DOI:10.1215/03616878-3445632.
  • Tiffany D. Joseph. 2015. Race on the Move: Brazilian Migrants and the Global Reconstruction of Race. Series on Comparative Studies of Race and Ethnicity. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press.
  • Tiffany D. Joseph and Laura Hirshfield. 2010. “ ‘Why Don’t You Get Somebody New To Do It?’: Race and Cultural Taxation in the Academy.” Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies 34: 121-141, DOI:



Course catalog
  • Race and Ethnic Relations

    SOCL/AFAM 2270

    Focuses on racial and religious groups, particularly with reference to the United States. Places special emphasis on historical development, specific problems of adjustment and assimilation, and present-day problems and trends. Cross-listed course between the Sociology & Anthropology and Cultures, Societies and Global Studies departments.