The Kellogg Institute for International Studies, part of the University of Notre Dame’s new Keough School of Global Affairs, is an interdisciplinary community of scholars that promotes research, provides educational opportunities, and builds linkages related to democracy and human development.
Juliana Couri is passionate about global healthcare and healthcare accessibility for marginalized populations. Couri is working under Professor Vania Smith-Oka, a medical and cultural anthropologist, to conduct research on the broader effects of global policies on women’s reproductive health, specifically concerning the racialized and classed practices that affect how doctors make decisions and which women are impacted. This year she will be concentrating on medical training in Mexico and how practices such as obstetric violence can be transmitted to students. Couri will also be investigating how and why medical professionals decide a cesarean section is necessary during birth for Mexican women.