|2015 - Present||Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management, Providence College ‐ Health Policy and Management|
|2010 - 2015||Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management, Providence College ‐ Health Policy and Management|
|2014||Interim Program Director, Providence College ‐ Health Policy and Management|
|2008 - 2010||Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Connecticut College|
|2007 - 2008||Lecturer on Anthropology, Harvard University|
|2008||Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Brown University|
|2003 - 2005||Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, University of Puerto Rico|
|2001 - 2002||Teaching Fellow, Harvard University|
Honors and Awards
- The Collaborative Research Grant, Providence, RI, 2015
- Committee on Aid to Faculty Research Grant, Providence College, 2014 & 2016
- School of Professional Studies, Summer Scholar Funding, Providence College, 2014 & 2017
- Expert Advisory Committee Member, HealthSourceRI, 2013-2015
- Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Connecticut College, 2008-2010
- Graduate Society Fellowship for Dissertation Completion, Harvard University, 2006-2007
- Predissertation Fellowship, Brown University, 2006
- Hemenway Fellowship of American Ethnology, Harvard University, 2005
- Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies Grant, Harvard University, 2003
- Saltonstall Population Innovation Fund Fellowship, Harvard University, 2001-2002
- Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, Harvard University, 1999-2000
- Graduate Scholarship Recipient, Georgetown University, 1997-1999
- Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude, George Washington University, 1997
- Gender, Medicine and Care
- Community Health Practice
- Senior Seminar in Health Policy and Management
- Culture, Health and Illness
- Epidemiology of Health and Disease
|2007||PhD, Harvard University ‐ Social Anthropology|
|1999||MA, Georgetown University ‐ Latin American Studies|
|1997||BA, George Washington University ‐ Latin American Studies|
Department of Health Policy and Management
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Providence, RI 02918-0152
Journal Articles (10)
Mere Mortals: Overselling the Young Invincibles Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law (2017)
This article traces the emergence of the term “young invincible” in health policy literature, the health insurance industry, and popular media. Young invincible is the label given to adults under thirty-five who opt not to ...
The problem of choice: From the voluntary way to Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges Social Science and Medicine (2017)
This article takes a genealogical and ethnographic approach to the problem of choice, arguing that what choice means has been reworked several times since health insurance first figured prominently in national debates about health reform. ...
Towards an Anthropology of Insurance and Health Reform: An Introduction to the Special Issue Medical Anthropology Quarterly (2016)
This article introduces a special issue of Medical Anthropology Quarterly on health insurance and health reform. We begin by reviewing anthropological contributions to the study of financial models for health care and then discuss the unique contributions ...
Insurance Accounts: The Cultural Logics of Health Care Financing Medical Anthropology Quarterly (2016)
The financial exuberance that eventually culminated in the recent world economic crisis also ushered in dramatic shifts in how health care is financed, administered, and imagined. Drawing on research conducted in the mid-2000s at a ...
Overutilization, Over Utilized Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law (2015)
Overutilization is commonly blamed for escalating costs, compromising quality, and limiting access to the US health care system. Recent estimates suggest that nearly one-third of health care spending in the United States is a result ...
Critical Anthropology of Global Health 'Takes a Stand' Statement: A Critical Medical Anthropological Approach to the US' Affordable Care Act Medical Anthropology Quarterly (2014)
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010—the U.S.'s first major health care reform in over half a century—has sparked new debates in the United States about individual responsibility, the collective good, and the social contract. ...
Take A Stand Commentary: How Can Medical Anthropologists Contribute to Contemporary Conversations on "Illegal" Im/migration and Health? Medical Anthropology Quarterly (2011)
Of the estimated 214 million people who have migrated from poorer to richer countries in search of a better life, between 20 and 30 million have migrated on an unauthorized, or “illegal,” basis. All have ...
It Gets Better if You Do? Measuring Quality Care in Puerto Rico Medical Anthropology (2010)
Quantifying quality is supposed to unite health policy, health plans, and health care consumers in a circuit of constant improvement. In practice, significant gulfs separate how policymakers, health plan administrators, and consumers write and talk ...
Other Academic Writing (2)
Public Scholarship (10)
Access Denied: A Conversation on Unauthorized Im/migration and Health (Contributor) (2009)
Welcome to ACCESS DENIED: A Conversation on Unauthorized Im/migration and Health! The aim of this blog is to stimulate dialogue about a vital global health challenge: unauthorized migrants’ and immigrants’ lack of access to health ...
Book Reviews (3)
Healing the Body Politic: El Salvador's Popular Struggle for Health Rights from Civil War to Neoliberal Peace (Rutgers 2010) by Sandy Smith-Nonini (2013)
The article reviews the book "Healing the Body Politic: El Salvador's Popular Struggle for Health Rights from Civil War to Neoliberal Peace," by Sandy Smith-Nonini.