- PhD Student - Cultural
Noël is a sociocultural anthropologist pursuing a PhD in Anthropology (with a focus on medical anthropology) and an MPH in Behavioral and Community Health (concentration in maternal and child health). Her research interests include reproductive health / justice, the politics of care and social support, race, gender and sexuality, and incarceration. Her dissertation focuses the on the politics of providing doula support to incarcerated, pregnant people, especially as these efforts are linked to broader social movements for racial, economic, and reproductive justice. As an undergraduate at the University of South Carolina Noël had the opportunity to collaborate on a process evaluation that examined the incorporation of CenteringPregnancy, a midwifery-based model of group prenatal care, into various obstetric practices across the state.
Van De Griend K, Billings DL, Marsh LN, Kelley S. CenteringPregnancy. Expansion in South Carolina Process Evaluation: Final Report to South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. December 2015. Columbia, SC.
Degrees and EducationB.A. in Experimental Psychology and Religious Studies, English Minor | University of South Carolina (2014). Honors Thesis – “Transforming Care through Disruptive Design: Incorporating a Midwifery Model of Care into Medical Practices”
Awards2021-2022 Wenner Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant
2021 William T. Green, Jr. Award in Public Health Studies
2021 University of Pittsburgh Arts and Sciences Fellowship
2019 GSWS Student Research Grant
2017-2018 Arts and Sciences Graduate Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh