Department of Public Health Sciences and the College
Aresha Martinez-Cardoso is an interdisciplinary public health researcher who studies how social inequality in the United States shapes the health of racialized groups and immigrants. Her research elucidates how race and social inequities are embedded into our nation’s culture, institutions, and policies, and illuminates the biosocial mechanisms by which these inequities get “under the skin” to affect health across the life course. Her recent projects focus on immigration enforcement and mixed-status immigrant families, Latinx health in Chicago, and the links between incarceration and immigration enforcement.
Her research has appeared in the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health and International Journal of Epidemiology. She has received funding support from the Women’s Board of the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Martinez-Cardoso holds a PhD in health behavior and health education from the University of Michigan, an MS in community health sciences from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and a BA in Latin American studies from UCLA. Most recently, she was a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago.