Kathleen Coll has spent the past five years researching immigration, motherhood, and cultural citizenship among non-English-speaking Mexican and Central American women in San Francisco. Her fieldwork experiences also include research on the formal and informal health care practices of low-income women in central Mexico and the position if immigrant Latina workers in the Northern California fast food industry.
While a Radcliffe Public Policy Fellow, Coll will continue her research on Latina workers in the project “Work, Welfare, and Immigration Reform: Migrant Latinas in Boston.” This project examines how low-income migrant Latinas in the Boston area understand the meaning and value of work, parenthood, welfare, and immigration in their own life experiences. She will study how such women experience shifts in social policy and the alternative visions they may have to offer service providers and policy makers based on these experiences.
In addition to her Radcliffe fellowship, Coll was a recipient of a Stanford Anthropology Department Doctoral Fellowship and a Mellon Predissertation Fieldwork Summer Grant. She earned her PhD in anthropology from Stanford University.