Amanda E. Gray

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Amanda Gray is a doctoral candidate in the Department of American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. She is also affiliated with the Department of Mexican American and Latino Studies and the Center for Women's and Gender Studies. Currently, Gray is a Medical Humanities Predoctoral Teaching Fellow in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Earlham College. Her work as a researcher, writer, and documentary filmmaker examines disparities in access to healthcare, caregiving, and home health labor affecting historically marginalized Latinas, their families, and the communities in which they live.

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Amanda E. Gray is a doctoral candidate in the Department of American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. She is also affiliated with the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies and the Center for Women's and Gender Studies. She is currently a Medical Humanities Predoctoral Teaching Fellow at Earlham College in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her work as a researcher, writer, and documentary filmmaker examines educational and health disparities affecting historically marginalized communities. Her dissertation, “Patchworks of Care: Threads of Labor, Love, and Support Sewn in the Neoliberal Healthcare State” looks at Latina home healthcare workers and caregiver networks in San Antonio, Texas. In addition to her academic projects, she has produced/directed/edited several short documentary films focused on art and community social justice projects, education, environmentalism, and urban planning.

Gray received her BA in Legal Studies and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Afterward, she worked as a project manager for a medical software company implementing the electronic medical record with clients in Seattle and Tacoma for ambulatory, inpatient, and emergency care facilities. She later went on to work as a case manager for a mediation and arbitration firm in Washington, D.C. administering alternative dispute resolution. Gray's previous employment in the private sector directly informs her scholarly interests through an examination of disparities affecting low-income communities of color within the Texas healthcare system, as well as Texas state labor laws and practices as they affect the feminized, and largely Latina home healthcare work force in San Antonio.