As a cultural anthropologist specializing in medical anthropology, I am interested in global health, development, human rights, gender, and violence in Latin America and the United States. My work has been firmly planted in both academia and practice -- allowing me to benefit from the mutually enriching relationship between research, teaching, and engagement.
Currently, I am an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. I recently received funding from the Feminist Review Trust in the UK to implement a project entitled, "A Multipronged Approach to Combatting Intimate-Partner Violence in Rural Coastal Ecuador," which I am coordinating during the summers, while writing a book entitled, "The Violence of Human Rights: Intimate Partners, Women's Organizing, and Development Politics in Rural Ecuador."
ACADEMIC SUMMARY & PROFILE
Research Interests: gender, violence, and sexuality; medical anthropology; transnationalism, feminism and human rights; women's health/reproductive health; global health, development and NGOs; politically-engaged anthropology; historical anthropology; anthropology of the state; Latin America, specifically: Ecuador
Geographic Areas of Interest: South America, Latin America & the Caribbean, United States
Ph.D. Dissertation Title: La Violencia Adentro (Violence in the Interior): Gender Violence, Human Rights and State-NGO-Community Relations in Coastal Ecuador (2011)
MA Thesis: Power, Gender-Based Violence, and Female Suffering in Northwestern Ecuador (2004)
Courses: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; Global Health; Women's Global Health; Human Rights and Social Struggle in Global Perspective; Global Development: From Violence to Social Justice; First Year Seminar: Save the World in One Click! Activism in the Facebook Era; Human Rights in Latin America
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