Helen B. Marrow
Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Marrow’s research and writing focus on immigration, race and ethnicity, social class, health, and inequality and social policy. At Tufts, she teaches courses on sociology, social policy, immigration and the media, and qualitative research methods. Her published work analyzes immigration incorporation patters and race relations in "new immigrant destinations" in the rural U.S. South, immigration and ethnoracial health disparities under the Affordable Care Act, bureaucratic responses to undocumented immigrants in San Francisco’s health care system, and patterns of contact between immigrants and the U.S.-born in contemporary U.S. cities (with an eye toward their implications for intergroup threat, trust, and civic engagement), among other topics. In addition to her academic work, Marrow has served as an adjunct member of the Association of Mexicans in North Carolina since 2003, for which she received the 10th Anniversary Recognition Award in honor of distinguished service to the Mexican and Latino community in North Carolina in January 2012.
Examine the hypothesis that immigrants' perceptions of discrimination vary across U.S. localities, as threatened responses by native-born residents may increase perceived discrimination among neighboring immigrants. Considers the alternative hypothesis that barriers to the expression and detection of discrimination de-couple native-born attitudes from immigrants' perceptions about their treatment.
Argues that the ACA has deepened the ‘brightness’ of unauthorized immigrants’ symbolic and social exclusion within the US health care system via a significant boundary expansion for U.S. citizens and long-term legal immigrants that has no parallel for unauthorized immigrants.
Analyzes how government policies and social reception shaped Latin Americans’ patterns of incorporation and identity formation in Ireland, a new immigrant destination country in Europe in the early 2000s. There, Latin Americans perceived a weaker form of racialization than not only several other immigrant, refugee, and racial groups, but also Latin Americans going to the U.S., Spain, or (for Brazilians) Portugal.