Ph.D Candidate, Megan Lemmon presents her work at the IAHPS conference

Published: Oct 27, 2017


Ph.D candidate, Megan Lemmon, presented her work on “Structural Stigma and Labor Market Opportunities: Examining the Protective Influence of Deaf Enclaves in Nineteenth Century America.”  at the third annual meeting of the Interdisciplinary Association of Population Health Sciences (IAHPS). Using historical data from the 1850 census, she determined that deaf men living in deaf-ethnic enclaves were more likely to be employed compared to deaf men who did not live among other deaf people. Megan used the case of stigma around deafness to show that context matters for determining life outcomes, like employment, among people with physical impairments. Her work makes an important contribution to ongoing discussions about the importance of considering the role of the environment in determining outcomes among individuals with physical and sensory impairments.