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Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Saint Louis University (2015-)
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Muhlenberg College (2012-2015)
Lecturer and Preceptor, University of Chicago (2007-2012)
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
In Excess of Medicine: Pleasure and Citizenship in Venezuelan Health Care.
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.
The Doctor’s Political Body: Doctor-Patient Interactions and Political Belonging in Venezuelan Neighborhood Clinics. American Ethnologist 42(3):459-474.
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.
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.
Time Seizures and the Self: Institutional Temporalities and Self Preservation among Homeless Women. Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry 39:162-185.
Psychiatrists’ Attitudes Toward Involuntary Hospitalization (co-authors Dan Luchins, Patricia Hanrahan, and Ken Rasinski). Psychiatric Services 55:1058-1060.
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.
Mental Illness Stigma and Care Seeking (first author; co-authors Patrick Corrigan and Amy Watson). Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 191:339-341.
Protests and Polarization in Venezuela After Chávez (co-editors: Robert Samet and Naomi Schiller). Field Sites – Hot Spots. Cultural Anthropology Online.
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.
God’s Laboratory: Assisted Reproduction in the Andes. By Elizabeth Roberts (Berkeley: University of California Press). Somatosphere.
Revolutionary Medicine: Health and the Body in Post-Socialist Cuba by P. Sean Brotherton (Durham: Duke University Press). Somatosphere.
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
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.
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)
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
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