Curriculum Vitae

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POSITIONS HELD

Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Saint Louis University (2015-)

Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Muhlenberg College (2012-2015)

Lecturer and Preceptor, University of Chicago (2007-2012)

EDUCATION

Ph.D., The University of Chicago, Department of Comparative Human Development, 2012
Dissertation: Vital Politics: Medicine and Citizenship in Venezuela
Trial Research (M.A.): La Lucha Diaria: Routinized Crisis and Everyday Anxieties in Cuba’s Special Period

M.A., The University of Chicago, Social Sciences
Thesis: Mental Illness Stigma and Care Seeking

B.S., Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, cum laude.
Concentration: Culture and Politics

PUBLICATIONS

BOOKS
In preparation
In Excess of Medicine: Pleasure and Citizenship in Venezuelan Health Care.

ARTICLES
Revised manuscript under review
Moving medicine “Inside the Neighborhood”: The political symbolism of place in Venezuelan public health. Invited article in special issue on Therapeutic Landscapes for Medicine Anthropology Theory.

Accepted for publication
Morality on Adderall? Contested views on the pharmaceuticalization of college academics. Submitted to Ethos.

2015
The Doctor’s Political Body: Doctor-Patient Interactions and Political Belonging in Venezuelan Neighborhood Clinics. American Ethnologist 42(3):459-474.

2015
What does health activism mean in Venezuela’s Barrio Adentro program? Understanding community health work in political and cultural context. Annals of Anthropological Practice special issue 39(1):58-72.

2015
Protests and Polarization in Venezuela After Chávez: Introduction; Life After Hugo Chávez (editorial; co-authors Robert Samet and Naomi Schiller). Field Sites – Hot Spots. Cultural Anthropology Online.

2015
Time Seizures and the Self: Institutional Temporalities and Self Preservation among Homeless Women. Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry 39:162-185.

2004
Psychiatrists’ Attitudes Toward Involuntary Hospitalization (co-authors Dan Luchins, Patricia Hanrahan, and Ken Rasinski). Psychiatric Services 55:1058-1060.

2004
Mental Illness and Dangerousness: Fact or Misperception, and Implications for Stigma (co-author Patrick Corrigan). In On the Stigma of Mental Illness: Practical Strategies for Research and Social Change. Corrigan, P.W., Ed. pp. 165-179. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

2003
Mental Illness Stigma and Care Seeking (first author; co-authors Patrick Corrigan and Amy Watson). Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 191:339-341.

EDITED COLLECTIONS
2015
Protests and Polarization in Venezuela After Chávez (co-editors: Robert Samet and Naomi Schiller). Field Sites – Hot Spots. Cultural Anthropology Online.

BOOK CHAPTERS
2010
Becoming a community person: Stories of motivation and transformation in Barrio Adentro’s volunteer health committees [Spanish]. In De la Participación en Salud a la Construcción de Poder Popular: Experiencias para el Debate. Eds. Miguel Malo and Johanna Levy. Maracay, Venezuela: Instituto de Altos Estudios Dr. Arnoldo Gabaldón, 99-111.

REVIEWS
2014
God’s Laboratory: Assisted Reproduction in the Andes. By Elizabeth Roberts (Berkeley: University of California Press). Somatosphere.

2012
Revolutionary Medicine: Health and the Body in Post-Socialist Cuba by P. Sean Brotherton (Durham: Duke University Press). Somatosphere.

2006
Love, Sorrow, and Rage: Destitute Women in a Manhattan Residence. By Alisse Waterston (Philadephia: Temple University Press). Medical Anthropology Quarterly 20:261-262.

AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS

2010            Irmgard Coninx Foundation Essay Competition, Berlin Roundtables on Transnationality
2009            National Association for the Practice of Anthropology Student Paper Prize (1st runner up)
2008            Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Program, U.S. Dept. of Education
2007            Fulbright-IIE U.S. Student Program, U.S. Department of State (declined)
2007            Society for Applied Anthropology Spicer Award
2004            National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (Honorable Mention)
1994            Houston Endowment Jones Scholar Program

UNIVERSITY AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS

2014            Faculty Summer Research Grant, Muhlenberg College
2014            Multicultural Center Course Development Grant, Mapping Intersections of Power, Muhlenberg College
2013            Faculty Summer Research Grant, Muhlenberg College
2013            Multicultural Center Course Development Grant, Intersections and Alliances, Muhlenberg College
2011            Bernice Neugarten Lectureship Prize, University of Chicago
2010            Gianinno Dissertation Writing Fellowship, University of Chicago
2010            Martín Baró Lectureship Prize, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Chicago
2006            Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Chicago
2006            Center for Latin American Studies Field Research Grant, University of Chicago
2006            Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture Graduate Research and Travel Grant, University of Chicago
2004            Center for Latin American Studies Tinker Research Grant, University of Chicago
2004            Unendowed University Fellowship, University of Chicago

PRESENTATIONS AND CONFERENCE ACTIVITIES

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

2016            The Politics of Pleasure in Public Health Care: Socialized Medicine in Venezuela. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, November 18.

2014            Inside the Neighborhood: The Political symbolism of place in Venezuelan public health. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., December 6.

2013            Spatiality, politics, and belonging in Venezuelan state health care. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, November 21.

2013            Activism within the activist state: Community health workers and state medicine in Caracas, Venezuela. Latin American Studies Association Congress, Washington, D.C., May 30.

2013            Conflicts over care in Venezuelan neighborhood clinics: Lessons for a changing medical landscape in the U.S. American Ethnological Society/Association for Political and Legal Anthropology Joint Meeting, Chicago, April 13.

2012            Enacting Utopias of Health in Caracas. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, November 18.

2012            An “excess” of medicine: Care, satisfaction, and citizenship in Venezuelan public health. Society for Medical Anthropology/Society for Applied Anthropology Biannual Meeting, March 28.

2011            Caring for los indigentes: The limits of public health and citizenship in Venezuela. Medicine, Body, and Practice Workshop, University of Chicago, December 7.

2011            Paradoxes of Inclusion: State health care and spatial violence among Venezuela’s indigentes. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Montreal, November 17.

2011            Bodies in motion: Grandparents Clubs and the biopolitics of aging in Venezuela. Clinical Ethnography Workshop, University of Chicago, January 4.

2010            Participation for the Pueblo: Community Participation and Popular Empowerment in Venezuela’s Barrio Adentro Health Program. Irmgard Coninx Stiftung Roundtables on Transnationality: Health Politics in an Interconnected World, Berlin, Germany, December 3.

2010            Bodies in motion: ‘Grandparents’ Clubs’ and the new politics of aging in Venezuela. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, November 19.

2010            Making the hombre nuevo: New moralities of medicine and personhood in Venezuela. Latin American Studies Association Congress, Toronto, Canada, October 9.

2010            Humanitarian politics and the doctor’s ‘caring body’ in Venezuela’s Barrio Adentro medical mission. Medicine, Body, and Practice Workshop, University of Chicago, April 14.

2010            Training 20,000 saints: The doctor’s spatiotemporal body, experiences of care, and soteriological ideals in Venezuela’s new public health mission. Everyday Matters: Embodied Life and Experience Conference, University of Chicago, April 10.

2007            State Health Care and Subjectivity in Venezuela. Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting, Tampa, Florida, March 30.

2006            Barrio Adentro: Transnational Healthcare and ‘21st Century Socialism’ in Venezuela. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, San Jose, California, November 18.

2005            La Lucha Diaria: Routinized Crisis and Everyday Anxieties in Cuba’s Special Period. Department of Comparative Human Development Student Conference, University of Chicago.

2005            The preservation of self in everyday life: Temporality and personhood among homeless women in Uptown, Chicago. The Social Context of Psychosis Conference, University of Chicago.

CONFERENCE PANELS ORGANIZED

2013            And/Or/Both/Neither: Social Movements between Civil Society and the Activist State. Latin American Studies Association Congress, Washington, D.C., May 30.

2012            Revisiting The Magical State with The Future in Question: In Memory of Fernando Coronil. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, November 18.

2012            Rethinking the Boundaries of Care, Intimacy, and Health (double session). The Society for Medical Anthropology Biannual Meeting, Baltimore, March 27-31.

2010            Medicine and Moral Worlds: Crises of Health and Morality in Latin America. Latin American Studies Association Annual Congress, Toronto, October 9.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

2014            Collaborative ethnographic research on experiences of ADHD stimulant medication use among young adults, Allentown, PA. (4 months)

2008            Dissertation field research for Vital Politics: Remaking health and citizenship in Venezuela, Caracas, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (13 months)

2006            Dissertation field research for Vital Politics: Remaking health and citizenship in Venezuela, Caracas, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (2 months)

2006            Research Assistant, When God Talks Back, Professor Tanya Luhrmann, University of Chicago (9 months)

2004            Ethnographer, Uptown Project, NIH-funded collaborative research on the lives of homeless woman with mental illness (PI: Tanya Luhrmann), Chicago, Illinois (18 months)

2005            Clinical Psychology Extern, Psychiatry Clinic, Stroger/Cook County Hospital, Chicago, Illinois (3 months)

2002            Executive Director and Researcher, Center for Public Mental Health Services Research, Department of Psychiatry, University of Chicago Hospital (3 years)

2004            Ethnographic field research for La Lucha Diaria: Routinized crisis and Everyday Anxieties in Cuba’s Special Period, Havana, Cuba (2 months)

2002            Clinical Interviewer, NIH-funded project Growing Up with ADHD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Chicago Hospital (12 months)

2002            Research Assistant, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Department of Psychiatry, University of Chicago Hospital (9 months)

2001            Ethnographer, Erikson Institute, Reading Circles in ESL Classrooms, Chicago, IL (12 months)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

AREAS OF TEACHING COMPETENCE

Introductory and advanced courses in cultural anthropology, medical anthropology, psychiatric anthropology, Latin American studies, social and cultural theory, ethnographic research and writing, qualitative research design

COURSES TAUGHT

Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO

SOC 1200: Introduction to Anthropology
SOC 2200: Cultural Anthropology
SOC 2460: Global Mental Health

Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA

Anthropology 112: Cultural Anthropology
Anthropology 205: Anthropological Theory
Anthropology 291: Medicine and Culture
Anthropology 289: Other Worlds: Anthropology Through Science Fiction
Anthropology 313: Anthropological Ethnography
Anthropology 345: Culture, Mental Health, and Psychiatry
Anthropology 341: Health and Healing in Latin America
Anthropology 450: Senior Seminar in Anthropology

The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Social Sciences 121: Self, Culture, Society I: Social Theories of Capitalism
Social Sciences 123: Self, Culture, Society III: Social Theories of Self
Latin American and Caribbean Studies 242: Medicine in Modern Latin America
Comparative Human Development 298: B.A. Honors Thesis Seminar