Tiffany Joseph Biography

Tiffany Joseph

Tiffany Joseph

Associate Professor of Sociology
College of Social Sciences and Humanities

[email protected] 

Areas of Expertise

Immigrant health and healthcare access
Health policy
Social construction of race
Minority faculty in academia


Tiffany Joseph is an associate professor of Sociology and affiliated faculty in the International Affairs Program at Northeastern University. After completing her PhD in Sociology at the University of Michigan, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Scholar at Harvard University from 2011-2013. She was an assistant professor of Sociology at Stony Brook University from 2013-2018.  Her research and teaching interests explore: race, ethnicity, and migration in the Americas; the influence of immigration on the social construction of race in the U.S., immigrants’ health and healthcare access; immigration and health policy, and the experiences of minority faculty in academia.

Project Description

Her current project explores how documentation status, race, and ethnicity influence the healthcare access and utilization of immigrants across the U.S. after comprehensive health reform. She has received funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, National Science Foundation, Institute for International Education Fulbright Program, Ford Foundation, and Woodrow Wilson Foundation. She is the author of Race on the Move: Brazilian Migrants and the Global Reconstruction of Race (Stanford University Press, 2015). Her work has also been published in various peer reviewed journals (Ethnic and Racial Studies; Gender and Education; Health Policy, Politics, and Law; Race and Social Problems; and Social Science & Medicine). Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Joseph is also a graduate of Phillips Academy-Andover and Brown University.

Publications – Past Five Years

Marrow, H. B., & Joseph, T. D. (2015). Excluded and frozen out: Unauthorized immigrants’ (non) access to care after healthcare reforms. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 41, 2253-2273.  

Joseph, T. D. (2011). ‘My life was filled with constant anxiety’: Anti-immigrant discrimination, undocumented status, and their mental health implications for Brazilian immigrants. Race and Social Problems, 3, 170-181. 

Joseph, T. D. (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. 

Joseph, T. D. (2017). Still left out: Health care stratification under the Affordable Care Act. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 12, 2089-2107.   

Joseph, T. D. (2018). Stratification and universality: Immigrants and barriers to coverage in Massachusetts. In Castañeda, H., & Mulligan, J. (Eds.), Unequal Coverage: The Experience of Health Care Reform in the United States.New York: New York University Press.  

Joseph, T. D. (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. https://10.1215/03616878-3445632  

Joseph, T. D. & Marrow, H. B. (2017). Health care, immigrants and minorities: Lessons from the Affordable Care Act in the United States.” Special Issue of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 12, 1965-1984. 

Terriquez, V. & Joseph, T. D. (2016). Ethnoracial inequality and insurance coverage among Latino young adults. Social Science & Medicine, 168, 150-158.