Nolan Kline is an Associate Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. His book, “Pathogenic Policing: Immigration Enforcement and Health in the US South,” was released in 2019 and examines the health-related consequences of immigration enforcement laws and routine police practices. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. He received his PhD in Applied Anthropology and a master of public health (MPH) from the University of South Florida. His research areas focus on health equity and social determinants of health, with particular attention to immigrant policing, LGBTQ+ Latinx social and political mobilization, and the politics of novel vaccine promotion. Much of his research is informed by theories of biopolitics, critical race theory, and the political economy of health. As an applied medical anthropologist, his work intersects with public health, policy, and activism.
These studies examine the multiple health-related consequences of immigration enforcement laws, police practices, and other related policies. Field sites include Atlanta, Georgia, and Orlando, Florida.
SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HPV AND HPV PREVENTION
These studies fall into two categories. One set of studies is the result of a team science effort focused on how to involve dental providers in HPV-prevention. Another set of studies examines social determinants of HPV-related prevention efforts, including examining how farm labor constrains HPV vaccination for children of Latinx migrant farmworkers. Study sites are nationwide for providers and in Central Florida for farmworker-related studies.
LGBTQ+ LATINX ACTIVISM
Studies related to this topic focus on efforts to advance health equity and political and legal rights among individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ and Latinx. This research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and primarily focuses on Orlando, Florida.
STRUCTURAL FACTORS SHAPING COVID-19 VACCINE INEQUALITIES
These studies examine how large scale social and political forces impact COVID-19 vaccination inequalities. Using a community-based research perspective, current studies have included an NIH-funded effort through the Community Engagement Alliance against COVID-19 (CEAL) to examine how Latinx people with precarious immigration statuses, Latinx sexual and gender minorities, and Latinx people who can get pregnant, encounter unique and hidden barriers to COVID-19 vaccination in North Texas.
I teach a number of community engagement courses where students work collaboratively with community-based organizations to respond to pressing social problems.
My courses include signature assignments that deepen student learning and connect course content to ways students can learn disciplinary norms. For example, in undergraduate global health courses, students engaged in grand rounds projects. Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and a longstanding medical teaching tradition, undergraduate students in these courses designed their own collaborative public health grand rounds projects and delivered the content to public audiences.
“Pathogenic Policing tells an important story that we all need to hear. The pipeline from local policing to deportation does not just remove unauthorized immigrants for petty traffic offenses. It frightens them, their families, and neighborhoods—indeed, this is a major cause of family separation—leading to self-denial of needed health care, a serious burden on communities. Kline’s explanation of these connections is clear, well-supported, and passionate; this is a vital book.”