Assistant Professor of Public Health
Immigrant health inequities
Immigration and health policy
Citizenship and legal status and health
Maria-Elena Young's research seeks to understand the impact of the U.S. immigration system on the well-being of immigrants and their families. She is examining the ways in which national, state, and local policies create contexts of both immigrant integration and criminalization and the impact of these contexts on health. Her most recent paper, published in the American Journal of Public Health, presents state-level policy data to demonstrate the patterns of criminalization and integration policies across U.S. states. It discusses the possible population health impact of contradictory policy environments where some immigrants are granted access to public resources and protections, while others are targeted with immigration surveillance and enforcement.