Amy Cabrera Rasmussen

Amy Cabrera Rasmussen

Education and research interests 
Dr. Cabrera Rasmussen received her B.A. and M.A. from California State University Long Beach, and earned her Ph.D. in political science from Yale University.  She was a visiting researcher at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University and has received research fellowships from Yale University, the Ford Foundation, the American Association of University Women, and the CSULB Research Infrastructure for Minority Institutions’ NIH-sponsored health disparities program.

Her scholarly work examines the processes through which groups construct and communicate meaning in policy-making debates through discursive mechanisms such as categories, frames, and synecdoche.  Her research utilizes interpretive methods and a theoretical framework that emphasizes the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, and nation.  Substantively, she grounds her work in various aspects of public policy that involve health and identity, specifically issues such as environmental health, health disparities, and reproductive and sexual health. Current research includes a study of the construction of the health agenda within the local Long Beach community.

Teaching 
Dr. Cabrera Rasmussen has taught courses on American politics, public policy, and racial and ethnic politics at both the undergraduate and masters level at CSULB.  She also served as one of the department’s undergraduate advisors from spring 2009 through spring 2018.