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Mario Espinoza-Kulick

 

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Lecturer, Ethnic Studies Department

M.A. Sociology, Ph.D. Candidate                                

University of California, Santa Barbara       

Areas of Interest

  • Health Policy
  • Immigration
  • Critical Queer Studies
  • Latina/o/x Studies
  • Social Movements

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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 heath policies.

Awards

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)

Publications

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.

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. “Know Your Status: Alleviating Stigma from the HIV Community of, San Luis Obispo”. Kennedy Library Digital Commons. http://digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/essp/6

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