Public Health in Hostile Climates: The Pathologization of Latinx Bodies in the Borderlands

Rachel Bracken

Rice University

Rachel Conrad Bracken is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at Rice University, where she is also a graduate certificate student with the Centers for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality; Critical and Cultural Theory; and Teaching Excellence. Her research explores national belonging, social obligation, State power, and the health humanities in literature and public health discourse from the turn of the twentieth century. Bracken’s work appears or is forthcoming in Hektoen International: A Journal of Medical Humanities, Big Data and Society, and the collection Transforming Contagion: Risky Contacts Among Bodies, Nations, and Disciplines (Rutgers UP, 2018).


In the decades between the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848 and the institution of an official Border Patrol in 1924, US quarantine laws evolved into federally-regulated immigration policy relying heavily on medical... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Rachel Bracken (Rice University)

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Performing Citizenship in Hostile Climates


S5 » Seminar 5: Performing Citizenship in Hostile Climates (10:15 - Friday, 23rd March, Boardroom East)

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