• Role:

  • Position:

    • Professor
  • Concentration:

    • Cultural Anthropology
  • Department:

    • Anthropology and Geography
  • Education:

    • Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, California, 1994
    • M.A. in Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, California, 1989
    • B.A. in Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, 1983
  • Curriculum Vitae:


Professor, Colorado School of Public Health
Affiliate Faculty, Women’s Interdisciplinary Studies Program

My research focuses on gender violence, hunger, global health, and international development processes in Vietnam and the Philippines. I have conducted research on malnutrition and hunger among Ifugao people, who live in the Cordillera Mountains of northern Luzon Island of the Philippines. My current research focuses on gender violence, its impacts on health and well-being, and the effects of global movements against violence toward women in local communities. I have been researching wife abuse in northern Vietnam, investigating its emotional and physical health consequences, and the intersecting global and local cultural and social forces that give meaning to, perpetuate, and contest this form of gender violence in local Vietnamese communities. I also have been investigating marital sexual violence in these communities, analyzing its particular sociocultural influences and impacts, and cultural interpretations of this form of domestic violence.

I am the author of Struggling with Development: The Politics of Hunger and Gender in the Philippines, which is based on my research in Ifugao Province, the Philippines. My ethnography examines ways that hunger experienced by Ifugao people is influenced by gender inequality, international and local health and development programs, religious proselytization, political violence, and the state. I have published works in Anthropology Now, Urban Anthropology, Research in Economic Anthropology, Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, Alterstice: International Journal of Intercultural Research, Gendered Perspectives on International Development, Practicing Anthropology, and Cultural Survival Quarterly, as well as contributed chapters in edited volumes and the Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender. I also was a member of the Executive Board of the Association for Feminist Anthropology (AFA), and served as Secretary of the association (2011-2014).

I am very interested in advising graduate students whose research focuses on topics in medical anthropology, gender, violence, and food, and I welcome students to contact me to discuss their interests in graduate studies at

Medical anthropology; global health; gender; gender violence; political violence; hunger; critical development studies; Southeast Asia; Vietnam and the Philippines