I am a sociocultural doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology focusing on medical anthropology and a master's student in the School of Social Work at the University of Oklahoma. For my dissertation research, I am examining the critical intersection of poverty and health with a focus on diabetes. More specifically, I am examining the structural factors that impact health disparities and the lived experience of managing a chronic disease.
I am interested in interdisciplinary work that proves medical anthropology's usefulness in diverse settings. I characterize my work as applied medical anthropology from a critical medical and biocultural anthropology perspective, utilizing theory from political economy of health, health disparities research, and sociocultural anthropology . I am committed to translating theory into practice, and in this regard foresee future engagement in public health, health policy, and direct practice with marginalized and traditionally underserved populations. My primary geographic areas of interest are the United States, Native North America, and Latin America.
I have a bachelor's degree in psychology with an anthropology minor from Texas A&M University. I have two master's degrees from the University of North Texas: one in psychology, and the other in applied anthropology.
Area(s) of Training
anthropology, applied anthropology, cultural anthropology, ethnography, medical anthropology, psychology, public health
Area(s) of Expertise
applied anthropology, methods, medical anthropology, sociocultural anthroplogy, psychology, social work
Most Recent Degree
Current Area of Employment
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Anthropology, University of Oklahoma