Associate Professor of Anthropology
(PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago)
Geographic focus: Mexico
Thematic interests: Globalization; reproductive health; women's health; ethnobotany; formal and informal health systems.
Current research: How marginal peoples around the world respond to the impact that globalization has on their health needs and local knowledge by looking at how the least powerful members of a community, i.e. women, are responding to this globalization.
“The Disease Factor: The Impact of HIV/AIDS on the People of Tsavo” in Ecology, Economy, and Culture: Human Interactions in the Tsavo Region, Kenya, coauthor (Africa World Press, forthcoming)
Shaping the Motherhood of Indigenous Mexico (Vanderbilt University Press, 2013)
“Bodies of Risk: Constructing Motherhood in a Mexican Public Hospital,” Social Science and Medicine 75, 12 (2012)
“An Analysis of Two Indigenous Reproductive Health Illnesses in a Nahua Community in Veracruz, Mexico,” Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 8, 33. (DOI: 10.1186/1746-4269-8-33)
“Unintended Consequences: Exploring the Tensions between Development Programs and Indigenous Women in Mexico in the Context of Reproductive Health,” Social Science and Medicine 68 (2009)
"Plants Used for Reproductive Health by Nahua Women in Northern Veracruz, Mexico," Economic Botany 62, 4 (2008)
The History of the Incas, editor (University of Texas Press, 2007)