I am a biocultural anthropologist at Arizona State University, where I founded the Center for Global Health. Trained in human biology, demography, and medical anthropology, I do collaborative, transdisciplinary social science research to understand and solve complex health and environmental challenges. I also teach anthropology and global health and train students in how to conduct social research.
Winner of the Carol R Ember Book Prize, "Lazy, Crazy, and Disgusting: Stigma and the Undoing of Global Health" reveals how much of the global health work we do unwittingly create highly damaging social stigmas.
"This is a magnificent, highly engaging, and ethnographically informed examination of the fateful intersection of stigma and public health." Merrill Singer, University of Connecticut.
"Filled at every level with grounded examples that contradict perceived wisdom, the book is a model of critical thinking." Thomas Leatherman, U Mass.
"The approach here is highly original and important." Peter Brown, Emory.
"Interesting, timely, and lucid." Andrea Wiley, Indiana U.
"[T]wo eminent scholars of stigma have provided a deeply engaging road map" Alexander Tsai, Harvard Medical School.
"Combining global reach with insightful depth.... this eye-opening warning offers a novel blueprint for improving population health." Bernice Pescosolido, Indiana U.
"[A]n impeccably researched, collaborative, thought-provoking, and boundary-breaking book that should be required reading for anyone interested in public health, medicine, and anthropology. It stands as an exemplar for public scholarship." Emily Mendenhall, Georgetown University.
"A satisfyingly simple symmetry in construction belies complex and intricate theory knitted effortlessly into rich ethnographic evidence... an engrossing read" Organization.
I am proud to be on the steering committee of the HWISE research collaborative network, funded by the National Science Foundation. The effort brings together scholars and practitioners from all around the world to better document the lived experience of water insecurity.