Jessica Mulligan


Contact Information:


Howley Hall 204


Ph.D. - Anthropology, Harvard University

Brief Biography:

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.

Area(s) of Expertise:

Medical Anthropology, Insurance, Managed Care, Health Policy, Ethnography

Selected Publications:

Brugnoli-Ensin, I. Mulligan, J. (2018) Instability in Insurance Coverage: The Impacts of Churn in Rhode Island, 2014-2017. Rhode Island Medical Journal.(101), 46-49.

Mulligan, J. Castañeda, H. (2017) Unequal Coverage: The Experience of Health Care Reform in the United States. . New York, NY: NYU Press

Mulligan, J. (2017) The problem of choice: From the voluntary way to Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges. Social Science and Medicine.34-42.

Levine, D. Mulligan, J. (2017) Mere Mortals: Overselling the Young Invincibles. Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.(42), 22.

Mulligan, J. (2016) Insurance Accounts: The Cultural Logics of Health Care Financing. Medical Anthropology Quarterly.(30), 37-61.

Dao, A. Mulligan, J. (2016) Toward an Anthropology of Insurance and Health Reform: An Introduction to the Special Issue. Medical Anthropology Quarterly.(30), 5-17.

Levine, D. Mulligan, J. (2015) Overutilization, Overutilized. Health Politics, Policy and Law.(40), 421-437.

Mulligan, J. (2014) Unmanageable Care: An Ethnography of Health Care Privatization in Puerto Rico. New York, NY: NYU Press

Horton, S. Abadía, C. Mulligan, J. Jo Thompson, J. (2014) Critical Anthropology of Global Health 'Takes a Stand' Statement: A Critical Medical Anthropological Approach to the US' Affordable Care Act. Medical Anthropology Quarterly.(28), 1-22.

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

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

Selected Presentations:

Mulligan, J. Interpretive Policy Analysis (IPA) Conference. Department of Politics and Public Policy, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK - "Expertise without experience: Unraveling discontent with the Affordable Care Act" July, 2017

Mulligan, J. Transformations in Social Citizenship: Stratification, Risk and Responsibility in Health Care Reform. School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, NM - "But is it for me? Resentment politics, stratification & access to coverage in Obamacare" October, 2015

Raskin, S. Mulligan, J. , . Anthropology and Global Health: interrogating theory, policy and practice. European Association of Social Anthropologists’ Medical Anthropology meeting, University of Sussex, UK - "Compelled to Choose: Ethnographic Engagements with Consumer Directed Healthcare" September, 2015

Mulligan, J. American Anthropological Association. , Chicago, IL - "Paper: Shop Talk with Insurance Executives: On Disappointment and Chaos in Managed Care" November, 2013

Mulligan, J. American Anthropological Association. , Chicago, IL - "Session: Bureaucratic Chaos and Market Rule: Social Service and Health Care Work in the U.S." November, 2013

Mulligan, J. American Anthropological Association’s Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA)/ European Association of Social Anthropologists’ (EASA) Medical Anthropology Network. , Tarragona, Spain - "The Financialization of Health Systems: Ethnographic Engagements with Insurance" June, 2013

Mulligan, J. Puerto Rican Studies Association. , Albany, NY - "Health and Community: Crossing Bodies, Entwined Futures: of Health and Environmental Activism" October, 2012

Mulligan, J. American Anthropological Association. , Montreal, Canada - "Accounting for Value: Anthropological Approaches to Finance, Insurance, and Market-Based Health" November, 2011