Bellagio Residents/

Karen Flynn

May 2022 Cohort

Bellagio Residency: May 2022

Project: “Health Care as a Civil and Human Right: Building Citizenship through Nurses’ Activism in the Caribbean and the United States”


Karen Flynn is an award-winning scholar with a research focus on the history of nursing and the impact of race and racism on health care delivery. Flynn came to Bellagio in May 2022, with collaborator and fellow Julie Fairman, to work on a project that examines Caribbean and American nurses’ activism during the colonial, post-colonial, and civil rights era (1940-1980). Flynn is an Associate professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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