Lisa S Park
Her current research project, “The Politics of Immigrant Motherhood: Race, Prenatal Care, and the Welfare State,“ investigates the impact of federal welfare and immigration policies on Asian and Latina immigrant women’s health care access. This study focuses on the political ramifications of contemporary constructions of pregnant immigrant women as “public charges“ or burdens upon the state. A second on-going project is titled, “The Slums of Aspen: Immigrant Labor, the Environment, and the Politics of Poverty.“ This joint project with D.N. Pellow focuses on Aspen, Colorado as an entree to a larger discussion of the place and persistence of immigrant labor in the global economy. By analyzing community reactions to growing numbers of low-income Latino immigrant workers in this exclusive tourist destination, this study identifies how “environmentalism“ is used as a rhetorical tool for promoting a particular idyllic image of a post-industrial refuge from racism and poverty. Park is also in the early stages of a new research project on the household health strategies among Middle Eastern and African refugee domestic violence survivors in San Diego.