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Jessica Mulligan

Office: Howley Hall, Room 204
Email: jmullig5@providence.edu
Phone: (401) 865-2021

Dr. Jessica Mulligan joined the PC faculty in September 2010. She finished her graduate work in social anthropology at Harvard University in 2007 and then served as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Connecticut College from 2008-2010.

Her research explores how market-based reforms to the Medicare and Medicaid programs in Puerto Rico transformed the experience of accessing and providing medical care on the island. Her work is based on a three-year ethnographic study of doctors, patients, and payers that includes working as a compliance manager at a managed care organization. Currently, Dr. Mulligan is completing a book manuscript titled Unmanageable Care based on this research. This timely ethnography of managed care represents the first time an anthropologist has conducted fieldwork inside an HMO. 

In addition to her work on managed care, her teaching interests include health inequalities, gender and health, cultural competence in health care, the impact of health reform on safety-net providers, immigration and health, and community-based research. In the 2011-2012 academic year, Dr. Mulligan will teach the program's required course in epidemiology (HPM 240). 

Last updated 1/21/2012

Class Schedule: Spring 2012


HPM 240 Epidemiology MR 8:30-9:45 Feinstein 212

HPM 240 Epidemiology MR 10-11:15 Feinstein 212

HPM 240 Epidemiology TR 11:30-12:45 Feinstein 212

Office Hours: Spring 2012

Tuesday and Thursday, 2-4pm.


Recent publications


Mulligan, Jessica. 2010. It Gets Better if You Do? Measuring Quality Care in Puerto Rico. Medical Anthropology 29(3): 303–329.

Willen, Sarah, Jessica Mulligan, and Heide Castañeda. 2011. Take A Stand Commentary: How Can Medical Anthropologists Contribute to Contemporary Conversations on “Illegal” Im/migration and Health? Medical Anthropology Quarterly 25(3): 331–356.


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