I am an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Wake Forest University. A cultural anthropologist, I specialize in global health, human rights, development, gender, sexuality, and violence. My primary research examines how ideas about human rights are changing both women and men’s experiences of and responses to intimate partner violence in rural Ecuador.
Since the year 2000, I have worked with Ecuadorian communities in their efforts to obtain quality healthcare. In 2003, I cofounded a nonprofit organization, The Minga Foundation, which is dedicated to improving global health through community based development. My work has thus been firmly planted in both academia and practice -- allowing me to benefit from the mutually enriching relationship between research, teaching, and engagement.
My research has been supported by funding from the National Science Foundation, the Wenner Gren Foundation, PEO Scholars, and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. Most recently, I received a grant from Feminist Review Trust to implement a project entitled “A Multipronged Approach to Combating Intimate-Partner Violence in Rural Coastal Ecuador” (2014-2016). I was also awarded the 2015-2016 Campbell Fellowship for Transformative Research on Women in the Developing World by the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
I joined the Department of Anthropology at Wake Forest University in 2012 after completing my Ph.D. at the University of Arizona in 2011 and serving as a Faculty Fellow at Colby College in Maine for one year. I received my BA in Anthropology from The Colorado College.
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)