Louise Tam is a PhD candidate in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. Her research interests include the social organization of mental health services and the political economy of disability/disablement within contemporary settler colonial contexts. Her dissertation, “Palliative States,” maps racialized migrants’ navigation of Canada’s mental health, immigration, and criminal justice systems as they attempt to secure legal status and safety. In particular, she interrogates the role of race and mental health evidence in refugee status determination. Louise has published journal articles and book chapters in the fields of Ethnic Studies, Disability Studies, and American Studies on Asian American counseling psychology, mental patients’ rights movements, and psychiatry behind bars. Her research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada.