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Affiliate Professor, Applied Environmental Health (MIAEH)
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
Other Affiliations: UMD Prevention Research Center
Campus: UMD | Building: Woods Hall | Room: 1111
Phone: (301) 405-1423 | |
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On sabbatical 2018-19.

CV / Resume
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I am a cultural anthropologist with specialization in medical anthropology and epidemiology. My research and teaching interests include global health and development, infectious disease epidemics, social studies of science, health policy and governance, and critical studies of racialization. My work broadly is concerned with linking theories and forms of subjectivity with economies and practices of care and governance. I have worked at this intersection on diverse topics, including HIV, immigrant health, and environmental risk in various contexts including the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Africa.

I am presently engaged in research projects that study issues of chronicity, aging, and HIV, particularly among African American and Black immigrant women; explore the material and moral effects of recent health and immigration policies on immigrant mental health and well-being; and examine the social life of environmental health policies around cumulative risk. Because I am interested in working jointly with those outside my field to create new integrative conceptual, theoretical, methodological, and translational approaches—ones that move beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries—to address a common problem, these projects are both interdisciplinary and collaborative, and include scholars from anthropology, environmental health, and epidemiology.

Recent publications have focused on the work referenced above. I also write on issues of social inequality for public audiences. These include recent commentaries in Savage Minds, The Conversation, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Medium, and Sapiens.

I am dedicated to providing students with robust opportunities to understand and practically apply anthropological thinking to the most pressing health issues of today. As a result, I have taken a leadership role since 2012 in creating several courses and a distinct track for undergraduate and graduate students interested in gaining a strong theoretical foundation in medical anthropology and instruction in empirical analysis of global health-related issues. I teach courses in cultural and medical anthropology, global health, science studies, and research methodologies.

Education and Training

PhD, University of California, San Francisco and Berkeley, 2008

MPH, Columbia University, 2002

BA, Barnard College, Columbia University 1998


ANTH260: Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology

ANTH265: Anthropology of Global Health

ANTH310/610: Method & Theory in Medical Anthropology & Global Health

ANTH415/615: Advanced Studies in Global Health

ANTH606: Qualitative Methods in Applied Anthropology


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