Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies
Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies

MALS Professor Receives Prestigious Fellowship

Tue, February 19, 2019
MALS Professor Receives Prestigious Fellowship

We're muy orgulloso to announce that our very own MALS professor, Dr. Julie A. Minich, was recently awarded a prestigious, highly competitive American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) fellowship for her new book project, tentatively titled Enforceable Care: Health, Justice, and Latina/o Expressive Culture

In this book, Dr. Minich explores how Latina/o cultural production depicts public conflict around legislation governing health care and disability accommodations. While mainstream discourses about the distribution of health care often implicitly construct some as deserving of health (and others as undeserving), the texts examined in this study critique health ideologies that present health crises as failures of individual responsibility and create a political environment in which it is seen as a duty of citizenship to maintain oneself in a state of maximum able-bodiedness. Enforceable Care, then, uncovers the social context in which individuals make health decisions to show how health and disease are determined by factors that cannot entirely be reduced to questions of individual choice.

Stop by the MALS office and congratulate Professor Minich, or just, you know, send your happy thoughts telepathically... Yay, Julie! 

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