As a medical anthropologist and certified nurse-midwife, I am interested in the instersections of maternal risk and social instability. My work seeks a better explanation for why some communities of women are much more likely to die in childbirth than others.
Currently, my research in Afghanistan explores the ways in which violence and social upheaval impacts both physiologic and social risk factors during pregnancy and childbirth. As the Afghan government rebuilds health care infrastructure in the aftermath of war, I am also interested in how humanitarian projects reconfigure childbirth practices and produce new kids of authoritative knowledge.
I received my doctorate in Anthropological Sciences from Stanford University in 2009, and my midwifery degree from the Yale University School of Nursing in 2012. Supported by the National Science Foundation and the Fulbright Foundation, my dissertation research sought to explain variation in maternal mortality across the Tajikistan/Afghanistan border.
NURS 345: Clinical Concepts and Processes in Women’s and Family Health