Tens of millions of Americans suffer from one or more illnesses of uncertain cause, such as fibromyalgia, irritable bowel, migraine, and autoimmune conditions. These conditions disproportionately affect women and people of color, and advances in medicine have not led to advances in curing or preventing these conditions. Angela’s research examines the historical development of these diagnoses and how they connect to social forces, including gender and racial oppressions. By looking at the social and historical development of these medical ideas, medicine can approach these conditions in different ways in the effort to identify their true causes and develop preventions and cures.
MORE ABOUT ANGELA
With her transdisciplinary education in medicine, the social sciences, and critical theory, as well as her experiences as a disabled, queer single mother, Angela uniquely approaches studying medical conditions that affect our society’s marginalized populations.
DISSERTATION GRANT AWARDEE — AUGUST 2020
Brain Injury and Romantic Partnership: Relationship Quality and Stigma
This dissertation project involves interviews with couples in which at least one person has chronic effects from brain injury. The first research question examines the stigma experienced by people with brain injury, and by partners of people with brain injury. The second research question gathers information on what factors, within and beyond the romantic partnership, improve relationship quality for these couples.
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