Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2010; Assistant Professor
Dr. Scott is a medical anthropologist whose research interests include the examination of health and illness production through the lens of intersectionality, particularly in the areas of transnational migration and public health systems. She is also interested in participatory methodologies and action-oriented research.
My research on health inequalities is located in two geographic areas – southern Veracruz, Mexico and southern New Mexico.
My research in a sugar cane producing community in southern Veracruz, Mexico focuses on women whose family members have traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border and into the United States seeking work. I examine the intensification of women’s paid labor and unpaid reproductive labor, the production of illegal deportable subjects at the U.S.-Mexico border, and the neoliberalization of the public health sector in Mexico. I use ethnography and case studies to explore the multiple contexts in which poor, rural, Mexican women experience health and illness. Future research plans in this area include further examination of the connections between reproductive labor and health in the context of transnational labor migration and continuing health care system reforms in Mexico.
I am also in the initial stages of developing a research program in southern New Mexico that focuses biomedical contexts of health care and health care access. I am interested in ethnographically examining the health care and illness experiences of marginalized populations – particularly older age groups and immigrant populations – in the southern part of the state. My interest is in deepening understanding of barriers to health care, but also in identifying and describing the strategies, social networks, and other resources that people draw on to obtain health care and navigate experiences of illness. A second area of focus is on health care providers themselves. This area of my research focuses in particular on how health care providers learn to care for diverse patients during residency programs and how they manage care in their own practices and community clinics.
As I develop my long-term research program, I am mindful of the need to engage communities in research and aim to use a community-based participatory research model in my future work.
Pyne, Kimberly B., Mary Alice Scott, and Deborah Long
2013 Inspiring Partnerships: University-Community Collaborations that Challenge Inequality in Access to Higher Education. PRISM: A Journal of Regional Engagement 2(1): 51-70. http://encompass.eku.edu/prism/vol2/iss1/4/
Scott, Mary Alice
2012 Paying Down the Care Deficit: The Health Consequences for Grandmothers Caring for Grandchildren in a Mexican Migrant Community of Origin. Anthropology and Aging Quarterly 33(4): 142-151. http://documents.clubexpress.com/documents.ashx?key=u587t0%2f52Q0apF8duil05VEWAWcQ1L3A