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Dori came to Durham University in 2010 as a postgraduate student. Her research interests and goals were solidified in 2012 when she became familiar with the Centre for Medical Humanities. Since then, her interests have expanded tremendously to include: health and illness, medical ethics, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, boundary work, biopolitics, phenomenology, the body and ethnography. Dori received an MA in Socio-Cultural Anthropology and a PhD in Medical Anthropology at Durham University. Her PhD research involves Complementary and Alternative Medicine, with an emphasis on the ethnographic study of Reiki practice within Britain and the intersection between spiritual practice and well-being.
Dr. Bludau’s research concerns the global market for healthcare workers, focusing on professional identity of nurses. Her dissertation, “Searching for Respect: Czech Nurses in the Global Economy,” examined the motivating and mitigating factors that create a migration flow from the Czech Republic to other countries including the UK and Saudi Arabia. Her current research expands this work to consider the different ways that nurses develop and maintain professional identity.
I am a medical anthropologist and use mixed-methods research to examine the intersections of identity and chronic disease, with a focus on diabetes in American Indian communities. I have training in team science, inter/transdisciplinary research, comparative effectiveness research (CER), and community based participatory research (CBPR) in frontier and urban settings.
Jan Brunson is a medical anthropologist (Ph.D. Brown University) specializing in discourses on women’s health. Her research intertwines medical anthropology, gender studies, demography, and cultural studies of science, technology, and medicine. She has conducted ethnographic research in Nepal on women’s health and the politics of reproduction for over a decade. Her research portfolio includes studies of contraceptive technologies and family planning discourses, maternal health in resource-poor settings, Maoist motherhood, and women’s autonomy and spatial mobility. Brunson is the Chair of the Council on Anthropology and Reproduction, under the auspices of the Society for Medical Anthropology, from 2015 to 2017. Her first book, Planning Families in Nepal: Global and Local Project of Reproduction, was published in 2016 by Rutgers University Press. Her articles appear in the scholarly journals Social Science and Medicine, Ethnos, Studies in Family Planning, Practicing Anthropology, and Studies in Nepali History and Society.
Mara Buchbinder, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Social Medicine and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UNC – Chapel Hill, as well as core faculty in the UNC Center for Bioethics. Dr. Buchbinder’s research explores the sociocultural and ethical dimensions of clinical encounters in the United States, with a particular focus on the role of language in medicine. Her recent work is framed by an interest in how laws and policies impinge on intimate clinical relationships in their efforts to govern morally complex healthcare practices at the beginnings and ends of life. She was selected for a Greenwall Faculty Scholars Award (2015-2018), a career development award which enables junior faculty to carry out innovative bioethics research.
Research Interests: post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), mental health, gendered identity, military masculinity, stigma, moral injury, subjective experience, memoro-politics
Megan A. Carney is a sociocultural and critical medical anthropologist specializing in gendered migration, migrant health, food insecurity, mental health, and immigration policy. She conducts research with Latin@ immigrants in the Western US, and with North African and Middle Eastern immigrants in southern Italy. She is currently a lecturer at the University of Washington and a Visiting Scholar at Arizona State University. She holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
I am a senior lecturer in Children & Youth Studies at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. I am a social scientist specializing in child- and youth-centered and participatory qualitative research methods. My geographical specialization is sub-Saharan Africa. My current research interests center on issues of AIDS orphanhood, the political economy of intercountry adoption and surrogacy, child protection and deinstitutionalization, and the impact of young people’s sexually explicit media exposure/usage on sexuality education and SRHR in developing-country contexts.
My work has been published in various disciplinary journals including AIDS Care, African Studies Review, Childhood, European Journal of Development Research, and International Social Work. I am currently on the editorial board of the journal Childhood, a member of the CABA (Children Affected by AIDS) Working Group Netherlands, and ISS representative to the European Network of Masters in Children’s Rights (ENMCR) and Share-Net NL (Netherlands Network on Sexual and Reproductive Health and AIDS).
For more information and access to my publications, please visit iss.academia.edu/KristenCheney