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Julie Collins-Dogrul won Association for Borderlands Studies Best Graduate Student Paper Award.

Julie Collins-Dogrul received the best paper award for, "Brokering Public Health Transnationalism on the U.S.-Mexico Border, 1942-1952" at the 2007 Association for Borderlands Studies annual conference in Calgary, Canada.

Abstract

The United States and Mexico share transnational patients, pathogens, and pollutants in their border region. In 1942 U.S. and Mexican health professionals belonging to NGOs and government agencies began to formally work together to manage these problems. Over the next decade these actors constructed a transnational organizational field called border health which combined transnational epidemiological understandings with sustained cross-border professional and organizational ties. Analysis of this period addresses the sociological problem of how organizations embedded within bordering countries - with disparate epidemiological profiles, public health and medical systems, political economies, and national interests – coalesce around transnational public health issues. Analysis of organizational records from this decade revealed that two organizations acted as systemic brokers, meaning intermediaries that span relational and cultural-cognitive boundaries. I argue that systemic brokering explains how key organizations span international divisions and unite heterogeneous organizations and professionals into transnational organizational fields.