With regional concentrations in Latin America and the United States, my broader research interests encompass a range of international development, health disparity, migrant health, and minority health issues. For my dissertation, I examined how political economy, cultural factors and social relations interacted in health care seeking decision-making among poor and lower-middle-income households in Nicaragua. This study provided an in-depth analysis of changes in health care services concordant with major shifts in the global and local political economy from the late 1970s through 2003, including the impact of contemporary structural adjustment policies and international development interventions in the sphere of health care. In my present position as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, and the UCSF Institute for Health Policy Studies, I seek to integrate my longstanding interests in tobacco control with my ongoing research on the political economy of health within the US and Latin America. My current work explores the impact of the tobacco industry's philanthropy programs on social sector funding.
Area(s) of Training
applied anthropology, cultural anthropology, medical anthropology
Area(s) of Expertise
International Health, Health Care Seeking, Tobacco Control, Health Disparities
Most Recent Degree
Current Area of Employment
UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education