Kellogg Faculty Fellow Vania Smith-Oka is Professor of Anthropology. Smith-Oka is a cultural and medical anthropologist who specializes in the effect of institutions on the behavior and choices of marginalized populations, especially women.
She has explored the impact of an economic development program on the reproductive lives and motherhood of indigenous women in eastern Mexico. From this research emerged her book, Shaping the Motherhood of Indigenous Mexico (Vanderbilt, 2013). She also researched the doctor-patient relationship in a maternity ward in the city of Puebla, particularly the role of space/place, notions of social and medical risk, and quality of care.
Her current research is investigating how skills, practices, and attitudes of medicine are transmitted to medical students. She is specifically addressing the process by which practices such as obstetric violence become prevalent across some societies.
Globalization; reproductive health; women's health; ethnobotany; formal and informal health systems
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.
Kellogg Researchers Receive Indiana CTSI Grants to Tackle Maternal Health
Oct 6, 2021
Two Kellogg Institute faculty fellows are among four University of Notre Dame faculty members who received awards from the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute’s (CTSI) Reciprocal Innovation Grants Program.
Smith-Oka Publishes Book on Medical Training in Mexico
Jul 16, 2021
Kellogg Institute Faculty Fellow Vania Smith-Oka has published a book with Rutgers University Press called Becoming Gods: Medical Training in Mexican Hospitals.