Lecturer, Ethnic Studies Department
M.A. Sociology, Ph.D. Candidate
University of California, Santa Barbara
Areas of Interest
- Community Health
- Health Policy
- Health Services
- Queer of Color Analysis
- Race, Class, and Gender
- Latina/o/x Studies
- Social Movements
- Office: Bldg. 38, Rm.145
- Phone: 805-756-1786
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.mespinozakulick.com
About Mario Espinoza-Kulick
Mario's research focuses on topics of health policy, immigration, critical queer studies, Latina/o/x studies and social movements. Most recently, he finished his master's thesis, "The Care-Advocacy Paradox: How Social Movement Organizers Strategize in Support of People Living with HIV/AIDS" which researched how the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power garnered attention for people living with HIV/AIDS during an era when most people affected by the epidemic were being dismissed and underserved. This thesis won the Martin Levine Student Paper Award in 2018.
He is currently researching for his dissertation which looks at health advocacy and access for Latinx immigrant communities along the Central Coast in California. His intersectional identity as Queer, Chicanx and Indigenous has provided him with unique experiences throughout his journey that give him a distinctive depth in researching immigrant/Indigenous communities at risk for disease. Knowing that health access is simply unequal in immigrant communities motivates Mario to continue his work on ways in which healthcare agencies and social movement organizations can advocate for marginalized groups in culturally appropriate ways and through implementation of equitable health policies.
BEACON Mentorship Award, Office of University Diversity and Inclusion, Cal Poly (2020)
Certificate of Leadership for Contributions to the Cal Poly LGBTQ+ Community, Pride Center, Cal Poly (2020)
Future of Ethnic Studies Alumni Award, Ethnic Studies Department, Cal Poly (2020)
Most Comprehensive Policy Recommendation, Health Policy Research Scholars (2019)
Health Policy Research Scholars Dissertation Award, the George Washington University (2019)
Martin Levine Student Paper Award, Sociology AIDS Network (2018)
Healthy Policy Research Scholars National Fellowship, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2017)
Espinoza-Kulick, Mario, Maura Fennelly, Kevin Beck, and Ernesto Castañeda. Forthcoming. “Ethnic Enclaves” in Oxford Bibliographies in Sociology, edited by Lynette Spillman. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Espinoza-Kulick, Mario Alberto V., and Alex Espinoza-Kulick. Forthcoming. “Marijuana and the Hippies” in Marijuana in America: Cultural, Political, and Medical Controversies, edited by James Hawdon, Bryan Miller, and Matthew Costello. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, LLC.
Espinoza-Kulick, Mario Alberto V., and Alex Espinoza-Kulick. Forthcoming. “Marijuana Policy Project” in Marijuana in America: Cultural, Political, and Medical Controversies, edited by James Hawdon, Bryan Miller, and Matthew Costello. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, LLC.
Espinoza-Kulick, Alex, and Mario Alberto V. Espinoza-Kulick. Forthcoming. “Drug Policy Alliance” in Marijuana in America: Cultural, Political, and Medical Controversies, edited by James Hawdon, Bryan Miller, and Matthew Costello. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, LLC.
Espinoza-Kulick, Mario (Featured Community Leader). “Protect. Respect. Wear Your Mask Campaign.” (Protéjase. Respete. Use Su Mascarilla.)” Posted on County of Santa Barbara Facebook (Available Online), Instagram (Available Online), and Twitter (Available Online). Featured on regional and city transit bus advertisements.
Espinoza-Kulick, Mario, Fanice Thomas, Raven Hardy, Laurie Unruh, and Keshia Pollack Porter. 2020. HPRS 2020 Graduation Land Acknowledgment. Baltimore, MD: Health Policy Research Scholars Program, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. (Available Online)
Mart, Greta, Mario Espinoza-Kulick (Featured Researcher), Ian Delinger, Brian Reynolds, Scott Rodd/CAP Radio, Erika Mahoney/Kazu, and Consuelo Meux. 2020. “Issues & Ideas: NAACP, Latinx Healthcare, and Miss Odette.” KCBX News: Central Coast Public Radio. (Available Online)
Espinoza-Kulick, Mario. 2020. Resources for Safely Returning to Work for Access Support Network. San Luis Obispo, CA: Access Support Network.
Barros, Michael, Greta Mart, and Mario Espinoza-Kulick (Featured Faculty). 2020. “For Safekeeping or the Ousting of a Noxious Symbol, Serra Statues Come Down.” KCBX News: Central Coast Public Radio. (Available Online)
Espinoza-Kulick, Mario, and Alex Espinoza-Kulick. 2020. “Building Teaching Capacity for LGBTQ+ Inclusion with Queer Ethnic Studies.” Carnegie Education Blog. Leeds Beckett University. (Available Online)
Espinoza-Kulick, Mario. 2020. Community Report: Preliminary Findings. Santa Maria, CA: La Gente Unida. (Available Online)
Espinoza-Kulick, Mario and student contributors. 2020. LGBTQIA+ Inclusive Curriculum Report. San Luis Obispo, CA: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Espinoza-Kulick, Mario and Health Policy Research Scholars. 2019. “A Conversation with Mario Espinoza-Kulick – Health Policy Research Scholars.” You-Tube Web site. Retrieved August 15, 2019 (Available Online)
Kulick, Alex. Laura Wernick, Mario Alberto V. Espinoza, Tarkington Newman, and Adrienne Dessel. 2018. “Three Strikes and You’re Out: Culture, Facilities, and Participation among LGBTQ Youth in Sports.” Sport, Education and Society. (Available Online)
Espinoza, Mario Alberto Viveros. 2018. “The Care-Advocacy Paradox: How Social Movement Organizers Strategize in Support of People Living with HIV/AIDS.” Thesis, Sociology, University of California Santa Barbara. University of California eScholarship. (Available Online)
De Los Santos, Brian, Tre’vell Anderson, Priya Krishnakumar, and Mario Espinoza (Featured Community Member). 2017. “‘We’ve Woken Up’: What It’s Like to Be LGBT under Trump.” Los Angeles Times. (Available Online).