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Dr. Edna Viruell-Fuentes

Associate Professor of Latina/Latino Studies, Affiliate of Latin American and Caribbean Studies

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  • Address: Department of Latina/Latino Studies
    1207 W. Oregon Street, M/C 136
    Urbana, IL 61801
  • Telephone: (217)244-0723
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Dr. Edna A. Viruell-Fuentes' scholarship intervenes in the debates about the health and wellbeing of Latinos and immigrants in the United States by highlighting the health impacts of: (1) racialization processes and discrimination; (2) transnational processes and practices; and (3) structural contexts, such as neighborhoods and immigration policies. She received her doctorate from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. Prior to her current position, she was a joint Yerby and Kellogg Scholars in Health Disparities Program postdoctoral scholar at the Harvard School of Public Health.


Journal Articles

  • Viruell-Fuentes, Edna A., Jeffrey Morenoff, David Williams, and James House. "Contextualizing nativity status, Latino social ties, and ethnic enclaves: An examination of the ‘immigrant social ties hypothesis.’." Ethnicity & Health (2013): Published Online Ahead of Print.

  • Viruell-Fuentes, Edna A., Patricia Y. Miranda, and Sawsan Abdulrahim. "More than culture: Structural racism, intersectionality theory, and immigrant health.." Social Science & Medicine 75.12 (2012): 2099-2106.

  • Viruell-Fuentes, Edna A., Ninez Ponce, and Margarita Alegria. "Neighborhood Context and Hypertension Outcomes Among Latinos in Chicago.." Journal Of Immigrant & Minority Health 14.6 (2012): 959-967.

  • Acevedo-Garcia, Dolores, Emma V. Sanchez-Vaznaugh, Edna A. Viruell-Fuentes, and Joanna Almeida. "Integrating social epidemiology into immigrant health research: A cross-national framework.." Social Science & Medicine 75.12 (2012): 2060-2068.

  • Taverno Ross, Sharon E., Lori A. Francis, Rhonda Z. BeLue, and Edna A. Viruell-Fuentes. "Associations between Physical Activity and Overweight among U.S. Youth by Immigrant Generation: Results from the 2007 National Survey of Children’s Health.." Journal of Physical Activity & Health 9.6 (2012): 840-848.

  • "“It’s a Lot of Work”: Racialization Processes, Ethnic Identity Formations, and their Health Implications.." Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race 8.1 (2011): 37-52.

  • Viruell-Fuentes, Edna A., Jeffrey Morenoff, David R. Williams, and James House. "Self-rated Health, Language of Interview, and the other Latino Health Puzzle.." American Journal of Public Health 101.7 (2011): 1307-1314.

  • Viruell-Fuentes, Edna A., and Amy J. Schulz. "Toward a Dynamic Conceptualization of Social Ties and Context: Implications for Understanding Immigrant and Latino Health.." American Journal of Public Health 99.12 (2009): 2167-2175.

  • "Beyond Acculturation: Immigration, Discrimination, and Health Research among Mexicans in the United States.." Social Science & Medicine 65.7 (2007): 1524-1535.

  • Cacari Stone, Lisa, Edna A. Viruell-Fuentes, and Dolores Acevedo-Garcia. "Understanding the Socio-Economic, Health Systems & Policy Threats to Latino Health: Gaining New Perspectives for the Future.." Californian Journal of Health Promotion 5 (2007): 82-104.