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. At ASU, I teach undergraduate anthropology and global health and train advanced students interested in careers in or beyond the academy. I am also in a new role as Senior Editor (Medical Anthropology) for the journal Social Science and Medicine.
One of my main efforts in 2022-2023 is supporting a massive, innovative cross-country study of how to improve household resiliency to water insecurity. REACH is a nine-year global research program (2015 - 24) to improve water security for 10 million poor people in Asia and Africa led by the University of Oxford, and based at eight observatories across three countries (Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Kenya).
With a large international team that includes anthropologists, geographers, economists, gender and development scholars, water/health/environmental scientists, and many others, REACH-WISER advances new models for the direct translation of people's experiences of water insecurity to transnational policy application for improving water and gender development interventions.
Lazy, Crazy, and Disgusting: Stigma and the Undoing of Global Health (2019): Winner of the Carol R Ember Book Prize
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.