Jilian Medeiros, Ph.D.

jamedeir@unm.edu

Jillian Medeiros is a Robert Wood Johnson Post-Doctoral Fellow and an Assistant Professor in Political Science at the University of New Mexico. She earned her doctorate in Politics and International Relations at the University of Southern California and her B.A. in Economics and Spanish from the University of California, San Diego. At the University of New Mexico, Medeiros teaches courses on Latino Health Politics, American Politics, Health Politics of the U.S., and Racial and Ethnic Politics.

Research Interests and Projects

In her research, Medeiros has studied a range of issues related to Latino health. In her dissertation, she examined whites’ racial attitudes toward undocumented immigrants and Latinos and the way in which these racial attitudes affect public opinion toward health care reform policies. Most recently, Medeiros has been working on projects examining the social and economic determinants of Latinos obtaining health insurance, Latino public opinion toward health care reform, and health patterns of the immigrant community in the United States.

As a postdoctoral fellow Dr. Medeiros, conducted a survey on Latino public opinion toward health care reform policy in the fall of 2009. Based upon the findings, Medeiros and her co-author Dr. Gabriel Sanchez wrote a policy brief entitled, “Latinos’ Views on Health Care Reform in the Midst of the Historic Congressional Debates of 2009.” They found a strong majority (61 percent) of Latinos believe the federal government should ensure that all people have health insurance, even if it means raising taxes. This is a higher level of support than found in the general U.S. population. Also, her survey finds Latinos appear to have a broader definition of universal health coverage than Congress and a majority (67 percent) of Latinos believe that anyone living in the United States should be eligible to buy or receive health care regardless of citizenship status, in contradiction to the current bill that restricts coverage to American citizens Her findings show that Latinos have a more inclusive view of health care than the general population.

Contact Information: jamedeir@unm.edu

Publications

Sanchez, Gabriel and Medeiros, J. Dec. 2009. “Latinos’ Views on Health Care Reform in the Midst of the Historic Congressional Debates of 2009.” The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico. Albuquerque, New Mexico.