My research as a medical anthropologist has focused on the biopolitics of global infectious disease prevention and management efforts, working with disadvantaged and vulnerable populations in the U.S., Lesotho, and South Africa. I have also worked on public health programming projects with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Boston Medical Center, Boston University, Institute for Community Health in Cambridge, Boston Public Health Commission, Massachusetts State Laboratory Institute, and the Centers for Disease Control. My current research examines public resistance to health interventions – what drives it, the forms it takes, and how contemporary global public health architecture might restructure as a result. My research aims to guide the development of culturally informed interventions and health policy.
As an educator, I apply a critical frame to traditional pedagogy by striving to push the boundaries of higher education teaching approaches. I consider knowledge the development of critical consciousness, rather than the accumulation of facts. Through the problem based learning approach of ID2050 and IQPs, I show students the value of working at the intersection of multiple disciplines, and how the skills required for success at these disciplinary junctions are translatable to diverse careers in global enterprises.