I am a medical anthropologist. Prior to joining the Anthropology Department at SFSU in 2017, I received my PhD from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Prevention Research Center, affiliated with UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. My research inclines towards the interpretive/ critical end of medical anthropology, but I also have experience as an NIH-funded postdoc and research scientist on projects that are more closely aligned with public health and applied anthropology.
Most of my work is based in Viet Nam, where my research interests include the public health effects of political and economic change and the cultural landscapes of post-socialism. With funding from the SSRC and Fulbright, I have studied these issues ethnographically in Ha Noi.
My publications include articles on the politics of Viet Nam’s informal sector, cholera epidemics in Ha Noi, racial and national stratification in Viet Nam’s health services, and biopower under socialism. With interdisciplinary collaborators in social science and humanities, I have published on topics including feminicidio in Guatemala, the cultural politics of anatomical exhibitions, and the theoretical uses of ghost and haunting. With collaborators in public health, I have published research on post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse disorder among combat veterans in the US National Guard. Visit my Academia site
Currently I am developing community-based research on environmental risk perceptions in Richmond, California. This work, which provides training to a small group of student research assistants, is supported by a Jay Young Excellence Award from the Anthropology Department and a Development of Research and Creativity award from the Department of Faculty Affairs at SFSU. With a co-author, I am preparing a translation of a work of contemporary Vietnamese poetry. I am also completing my first book, titled “Remember The Source: Cholera and the Politics of Health in Vietnam.”
Classes Taught at SF State
- ANTH 300 Foundations of Anthropology: History
- ANTH 630 Medical Anthropology
- ANTH 631 Science, Technology, and Medicine
- ANTH 715 Anthropological Writing
- ANTH 723 Seminar: Problems in Cultural Anthropology