Katharine McCabe, PhD candidate, was awarded a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Award! This award includes $11,036 to support Katharine’s dissertation, “Medical-State Collaborations in Reproductive Health Care.”
The dissertation examines the intersection of medicalization and criminalization in responses to substance-using pregnant women. Using qualitative and ethnographic research methods, this research explores the differential nature of medicalization. Differential medicalization refers to the observation that medicalization is an uneven and segmented process in which marginalized bodies are subject to a mixture of medicalization and criminalization in health care interactions. By examining how actors in disparate systems build alliances and linkages to regulate low-resourced, typically non-white, substance-using pregnant women, this study points to various stratification processes in the reproductive health care sector.