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Tam, Louise

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Email: louise.tam@rutgers.edu

Education

B.A., Women's and Gender Studies, University of Toronto, 2010

M.A., Sociology in Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education University of Toronto (OISE/UT), 2012

Research Interests

History of the psy sciences; social organization of mental health services; political economy of multicultural mental health education and practice; abolitionist perspectives on correctional medicine; institutional ethnography; settler colonialism, nationalism, and public health; historical materialist approaches to understanding gender, race, class, and disability; dialectics of affect.

Biographical Notes

Louise Tam grew up in Toronto, Canada. Her master’s thesis interrogates the politics of culturally competent mental health care. She has published journal articles and book chapters in the fields of Disability Studies, Ethnic Studies, and American Studies on mental patients’ rights movements, Asian American counselling practices, and psychiatry behind bars. Her research is supported by a four-year doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She is a 2017-18 graduate fellow in the Center for Cultural Analysis seminar on the Medical Humanities.

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