About

Deirdre Guthrie is a research assistant professor at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Well Being at Work Project, which partners with global health and humanitarian workers. She earned a Ph.D. in anthropology and gender studies from the University of Illinois, Chicago in 2012.

Guthrie’s research seeks to understand how the evolving professional identity and well being of global health/humanitarian workers impacts the quality and sustainability of care and level of accompaniment of affected populations in vulnerable communities. She studies this in a context where NGOs are increasingly competitive and professionalized and workers face overwhelming pressures to be “change agents” as they witness human suffering on behalf of citizens of the global north.

Guthrie also is a consultant to the “Alive Project” at Rush University Medical Center Department of Preventive Medicine where she designed a needs assessment and trained a team of “insider” (congregants) and “outsider” (medical researchers) ethnographers to conduct field research across five African-American Baptist churches as part of a community participatory health disparity research project.

Thematic Interests

Medical anthropology and ethnography; social medicine/medical humanitarianism; care ethics and work; intimate economies; cosmopolitan identities (migrations, diaspora, refugees); transnational relations; human flourishing; contemplative practice; resilience and accompaniment; participatory research; gender studies

Current Research

How the professional identity and well being of global health/humanitarian workers impacts the quality and sustainability of care and level of accompaniment of affected populations in vulnerable communities

Countries

Journal Articles

Guthrie, Deirdre, “Birthing the Social Scientist as Mother,” in Bahiyyah Muhammad and Melanie Angela Neuilly, eds., Mothering from the Field (Rutgers Press, forthcoming)
Guthrie, Deirdre. “The Lived Experience of Friction and Flow in a Caribbean Coastal Town,” Anthropology Now (forthcoming)

Others

Guthrie, Deirdre. “Challenging Organizational Culture within Social Justice Organizations: The Polarity of Mission and Metrics,” Well Being at Work Project White Paper, December 2016
Guthrie, Deirdre. “Gender Dynamics within a Faith-based Social Justice Organization,” preliminary report, Well Being at Work Project White Paper, December 2016 
Guthrie, Deirdre. “Humanitarian Healthcare Workers in Chiapas, Mexico: Navigating the Challenges of Working in the Field and Bridging the Gap between Doctor and Patient,” Well Being at Work Project White Paper, January 2016
Guthrie, Deirdre. “Well Being and Aspiration in the Developing World,” Well Being at Work Project White Paper, January 2016
Guthrie, Deirdre. “The Crisis in Care Work: The Call for Compassionate Medicine,” Well Being at Work Project White Paper, September 2015 
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