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Vania Smith-OkaVania Smith-Oka

Associate Professor of Anthropology
(PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago)
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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.

Selected publications:

  • “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)

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