Dr. Elaine Bennett

December 4, 2015 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm


Elaine Bennett, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Saint Vincent College

"At the Intersection of Applied and Non-Applied Work: Tales from Guatemala"

Friday, December 4th, 2015, at 3:00pm in the Anthropology Lounge, 3106 WWPH


The methods and perspectives of anthropological research provide valuable and powerful insights that can be applied in many setting to make programs and policies better serve communities. In my work, which combines medical anthropology and public health, the line between anthropological research and practical work in public health blurs. Drawing from my experiences in ethnographic and public health oriented research and practice on child malnutrition in Guatemala, I will reflect on the rewards and challenges of designing and implementing a research agenda that serves the expressed needs of the communities and community partners with whom I work, while simultaneously involving undergraduates and maintaining a scholarly trajectory. Specifically, I will consider some of the methodological, inter-personal, and career-related issues in taking this approach under the title of “anthropologist.” 


Location and Address

Anthropology Lounge (3106 WWPH)