Emily Yates-Doerr holds a joint appointment as assistant professor of anthropology at Oregon State University and the University of Amsterdam. She studies health, food justice, and social inequality. Her research interests include translational medicine, the racialized and gendered figurations of “the body” in health sciences, and the methods of feminist anthropology.
Yates-Doerr is currently researching a maternal and child nutrition policy called “La Ventana de Lost Mil Dias,” or “The First 1,000 Days of Life,” which involves collaboration with health and development experts in Guatemala. In an earlier project, she traced the emergence of obesity in the Guatemalan highlands. She is the author of The Weight of Obesity: Hunger and Global Health in Postwar Guatemala (University of California Press, 2015).
Yates-Doerr was raised on a remote island in Alaska, an experience that shaped her lifelong interests in urbanization, development, and the violence of settler colonialism. She spent seven years at the University of Amsterdam before joining the faculty of Oregon State. She earned an MA in Latin American studies from Stanford University and an MA and a PhD in anthropology from New York University.