Undergraduate Institution: Haverford College
Undergraduate Major: Anthropology (Spanish minor, Gender and Sexuality Studies concentration)
MAPSS Graduation Year: 2014
After graduating from college, I moved to Cambodia to conduct public health research on HIV/AIDS as a Luce Scholar. Unsure of whether I wished to pursue graduate studies in Anthropology or Public Health, I decided to attend MAPSS upon returning to the United States, because of the program’s affiliation with the University’s exceptional Anthropology department. Through my coursework at University of Chicago, my independent MA fieldwork, and ajob as a Research Assistant and Lab Manager for a Professor at the School of Social Service Administration, I decided to pursue a PhD in medical and legal anthropology. While attending MAPSS, some particularly formative courses for me were Medicine and Anthropology with Judith Farquhar, Anthropology of Migration with Julie Chu, and Anthropology of Space, Place, and Landscape with Francois Richard. With Judith Farquhar as my advisor, I wrote my MA thesis on the ways in which Cambodians living in Chicago remember the Khmer Rouge period and employ narratives of trauma in their everyday lives. MAPSS helped me articulate my professional goals as well as hone my research interests and methodology. I now live in Southern California and attend the University of California, Irvine as a PhD student in the department of Anthropology.