Debbie Arce Portrait

Position Title
Graduate Student

1 Shields Avenue, Davis CA 95616


Debbie Arce is a third-year Ph.D. student at the University of California, Davis specializing in twentieth-century U.S. history. Her current work traces how public health research and the public performance and dissemination of this research by conservative female politicians, coupled with inheritances of racialized research methods in public health from the early twentieth century and the logics of racial capitalism sustained racial pathology in medical care in the 1980s.

Research Focus

Co-constructions of race and gender in the twentieth century, feminist theories and methods, methods of racial capitalism, STS methods, health rights, Latinx history.


Teaching Assistant

HIS 13: Global Sexualities

HIS 17A: The History of the United States Through the Civil War

HIS 17B: U.S. History since 1865

HIS 18B: Race in the United States, 1865-Present

HIS 72A: History of Women and Gender in America Through 1865


Mellon Research Initiative on Racial Capitalism: Graduate Fellowship, Spring 2021.

Mellon Research Initiative in Racial Capitalism Initiative Summer Research Support, 2019.