Elizabeth Breen is a PhD student in the Sociology and Demography departments at UC Berkeley. Her research interests center on the social and historical determinants of human health, particularly the distribution and repercussions of infectious disease. Her current project examines the internalization of neoliberal economic ideology and its effects on workers’ fundamental social ties, like those to family, friends, and broader communities, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Breen's faculty mentors at UC Berkeley are Professors Christopher Muller and Laura Enriquez. Breen also works on a research team led by Professors Amy Kate Bailey, Michael Kramer, and Margaret Hicken, studying the impact of historical racialized violence on contemporary maternal health outcomes in eleven southern US states.