Center for Global Health
Director and President's Professor
Amber is trained in anthropology and development. Her two decades of community-based field work in Latin America (Bolivia, Paraguay, Mexico) and China are concerned with how people’s wellbeing is affected by and cope with inequitable institutions, especially under conditions of poverty. An expert on water insecurity and mental health, she directs the Global Ethnohydrology Study, a multi-year multi-country study of the human dimensions of water. As a nationally-leading social science methodologist with more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, Amber edits Field Methods, co-authored Analyzing Qualitative Data: Systematic Approaches and teaches ethnographic field methods and text analysis in national programs. Her teaching has been recognized with awards such as ASU Faculty Mentor Award - Outstanding Doctoral Chair (2017), Carnegie CASE Arizona Professor of the Year Award (2014), and ASU's Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Classroom Performance (2011). She received her doctorate in cultural anthropology from the University of Florida.
Alexandra Brewis Slade
Founding Director and President's Professor
Alex is an anthropologist with three decades experience leading large mixed-method social science collaborative projects in low-resource communities across the globe, including in the island Pacific, Americas, Africa, and the Caribbean. Her personal research focuses on how social vulnerabilities and exclusions (like stigma, poverty, or gender) shape human well-being. She is an AAAS fellow, applying this question to pressing problems such as depression, obesity, health care, food and water insecurity, and climate change. An accomplished research strategist, Alex has deep experience in working with key public/private partners to translate social science research into new forms of usable knowledge. An award-winning instructor, Alex designed and launched global health degrees, including what was the first and remains the largest undergraduate global health degree. She received her doctorate in anthropology from the University of Arizona.
CGH Affiliated Faculty
Melissa Beresford – San Jose State University
Beresford is an assistant professor of anthropology at San José State University. Her research focuses on the intersection of the economy and the environment, largely aimed at understanding how humans respond to economic inequality and water insecurity. To date, her work has examined (1) community-based economies, (2) efforts to create alternative (hybrid/non-market) economies, and (3) how such economies can be used (or not) to address water and other resource insecurities. Beresford is also an anthropological methodologist, focused on researching and innovating methods for ethnographic research and qualitative data analysis. Her fieldwork is primarily based in Cape Town, South Africa, however she has collaborated on research in Latin America, the United States, and in cross-cultural context.
Meg Bruening – Department of Nutrition, Penn State University. Bruening’s research interests include public health nutrition promotion and obesity prevention targeted to underserved, vulnerable youth and families. Major topics in these areas include food insecurity risk and resiliency factors, developing and evaluating public health nutrition interventions, including school- and community-based programs, and social epidemiology/socio-environmental influences of eating behaviors including the role of friendship networks/social support for healthy eating.
Christine DeMyers – The Water Institute of the Gulf
DeMyers is an anthropologist who works with a range of community leaders and stakeholders to who are preparing for or responding to water management challenges in southern Louisiana. DeMyers collects and analyzes primary data (audio, video, field notes, workshops and focus groups; structured, unstructured, or semi-structured interviews; and surveys) to understand and aggregate experiences with—and solutions to—environmental risks. She applies systematic summaries of relevant community and stakeholder perspectives to sustainable water management and climate change adaptation plans. Prior to joining the Institute, DeMyers led independent research on stakeholder roles in developing sustainable cities and grassroots solutions to social and environmental inequalities in Phoenix, Arizona, and the Colorado River Basin.
L. Zachary DuBois – University of Oregon
DuBois is an assistant professor of biocultural anthropology at University of Oregon with expertise in transgender health and well-being. He directs the Stress, Adaptation, and Resilience (STAR) Lab, which focuses on understanding embodied stigma and resilience among those most susceptible to stress-induced disparities in health. His work primarily examines stigma and social determinants of health among sexual minority and transgender and gender diverse people in the U.S. To do this, he conducts community-based mixed-methods research, integrating in-depth interviews with biological measures to uncover psychobiological pathways of stress and resilience toward the reduction of health disparities.
Margaret du Bray – Hollins University
du Bray teaches in the Environmental Studies program at Hollins University, where she teaches students the fundamentals of environmental studies. After completing her PhD, she worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Idaho State University as part of the EPSCoR MILES project examining fairness in groundwater governance. She has a PhD in sociocultural anthropology from Arizona State University. In addition to ongoing collaborations with ISU, she continues to work with the Center for Global Health and the Culture, Health, and Environment Lab at Arizona State University's School of Human Evolution and Social Change. This research explores local understandings of climate change, and the neoliberal approaches to governing resources, particularly in the form of ecosystem services. du Bray is also a member of the HWISE network.
Carlos Garcia-Quijano – University of Rhode Island
Garcia-Quijano is an associate professor at the University of Rhode Island. His principal line of research has focused on understanding the relationship between local/traditional ecological knowledge (LEK/TEK), coastal resource use and human well-being in the Caribbean, especially Puerto Rico. He has investigated how small-scale coastal resource users, such as fishers and land crab hunters, use their knowledge of social-ecological systems to succeed in their enterprises. Specifically, what constitutes success for Puerto Rican small-scale fishers and the relationship between their knowledge of local ecosystems and their success in fishing. Garcia-Quijano’s work on this topic was recognized with the American Anthropological Association’s Anthropology and Environment Junior Scholar Award in 2009.
Analía Gomez Vidal – Inter-American Development Bank
Gomez Vidal is a research consultant in water and sanitation at the Inter-American Development Bank. Her research focuses on the intersection of political economy and gender in Latin America. She combines multiple methodologies (including computational social science, survey design and semi-structure interviews) to explore how people think about, and are affected by, gender inequality at different levels. Her work includes exploring and measuring Sustainable Development Goals, identifying gendered patterns of behavior and decision-making, studying the experiences of women in politics, and understanding public opinion towards gender- and race-equality in Latin American countries.
Jessica Hardin – Rochester Institute of Technology
Hardin is an assistant professor at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Rochester Institute of Technology. She was previously appointed as an assistant professor at Pacific University. She received her PhD in Anthropology from Brandeis University with an MA in Women’s and Gender Studies. Her current research focuses on how cultural notions of temporality shape medical decision making processes among people living with advanced diabetes in Samoa. This research focuses specially on family decision making around diabetes related skin conditions and amputations. Her previous research has focused on embodiment, health inequities, fatness and food studies. Her first book (Rutgers University Press, 2019)—based on fieldwork funded by the Wenner Gren Foundation and Fulbright—focused on the religious management of cardiometabolic disorders. She has published articles in American Ethnologist, Social Science & Medicine, and Medical Anthropology Quarterly, among others.
Wendy Jepson – Texas A&M University
Jepson is a professor of geography at Texas A&M University. Her current theoretical interests address political ecology and environmental governance with particular focus on environmental justice and water resources in the United States and Latin America. Jepson’s current research project addresses urban water provision and household water security, with particular interest in political, economic and social production of environmental inequities in marginalized neighborhoods in the U.S. (Texas) and Brazil (Ceará).
Chinedum Ojinnaka – College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University
Ojinnaka is an assistant professor of biomedical informatics in the College of Health Solutions. She trained and practiced as a physician in her home country of Nigeria prior to moving to the U.S. She is a health services/population health researcher with a focus on health on health disparities. Her research leverages databases such as population-based surveys, cancer registries and administrative claims data to explore individual and population-level determinants of healthcare utilization and health outcomes. Her research also involves implementing and evaluating interventions aimed at optimizing healthcare access and utilization among underserved populations.
Jacelyn Rice-Boayue – University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Rice-Boayue is an assistant professor at the Department of Engineering Technology and Construction Management in the College of Engineering, University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She previously completed postdoctoral training at Duke University within the Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology. During that time, she also served as a Fulbright Scholar at the International Institute of Water and Environmental Engineering in Burkina Faso. She received her Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Arizona State University. Her research is primarily focused on developing integrated models for water quality assessment towards public and ecosystem health. Rice-Boayue’s most recent work focusing on potential ecological impacts from treated wastewater discharges, is published in Nature Geoscience and featured online in The Scientist and Inside Science.
Asher Rosinger – Penn State University
Rosinger is an Ann Atherton Hertzler Early Career Professor in global health at Penn State. He directs the Water, Health, and Nutrition Lab, which examines how humans respond to changing nutritional and economic environments through water and dietary intake and the significance of mismatches in these relationships for short- and long-term health, nutrition, and disease. His overall research program is designed to understand the range of human variation in water intake and how this relates to perception, environmental resources, water insecurity, and health, hydration, and disease risk.
Amanda Thompson – University of North Carolina
Thompson is an associate professor of nutrition and anthropology at the University of North Carolina, specializing in human growth and nutrition. She focuses on the biological pathways linking early life social, behavioral and physical environments to the development of obesity and chronic disease across a range of national and international settings, including North Carolina, China, and Ecuador. She is particularly interested in how early life nutrition and environmental exposures shape long-term health and obesity risk. Her research combines laboratory, anthropological and epidemiological approaches to examine the effects of local environments in shaping human growth and development early in life and their lasting impacts on health and well-being throughout the lifespan.
Sarah Trainer – Seattle University
Trainer is currently the Research & Program Coordinator for an NSF-funded ADVANCE Program at Seattle University focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion issues affecting faculty in institutions of higher education. Trained as a medical anthropologist, her previous work has included ethnographic research in the UAE, the American Southwest, and the American Southeast, exploring intersections between identity and body work within institutional settings. She has a book coming out in 2020, co-authored with Alex Brewis and Amber Wutich, entitled "Weighty Consequences: An Ethnography of Surgically-Induced Weight Loss" that delves into an ASU collaborative project focused on the experiences of bariatric patients before and after surgery.
Deb Williams – College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University
Williams is a clinical assistant professor in the College of Health Solutions focusing on developing translational science and research. She previously served as the associate director of Obesity Solutions, a joint initiative with Mayo Clinic to promote innovative, agile solutions in obesity and community health. She has taught a number of experiential learning classes in global health, including research practicums, professionalism, and Study Abroad classes in community health.
Sera Young – Northwestern University
Young is an assistant professor of anthropology at Northwestern University. The focus of her work is on the reduction of maternal and child-undernutrition in the first 1,000 days, especially in low-resource settings. Methodologically, she draws on her training in medical anthropology (MA, University of Amsterdam), international nutrition (PhD, Cornell) and HIV (Fellowship, University of California San Francisco) to take a biocultural approach to understanding how mothers in low-resource settings cope to preserve their health and that of their families.
Neetu Choudhary – Adjunct Faculty, Arizona State University
Neetu Choudhary was an Indian Fulbright Scholar, 2018-19 at the Center for Global Health, ASU. Currently, she has been appointed as Adjunct Faculty at SHESC. Neetu is also working as an independent consultant, based in Patna, a city in Eastern India. After earning her doctorate in Economics from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Neetu has been engaged in research and post-graduate teaching. Her research interests include hunger, child malnutrition, gender, water and health and informal workers. Neetu has been recipient of several international awards and sponsorships including the Italian Government fellowship for research at University of Siena. In 2014, her research on malnutrition in India and Sub-Saharan Africa, was awarded by the Global Development Network. Neetu has also been associated with International Training Center, of the ILO on the agenda of Social and Solidarity Economy. Her recent book, published by Palgrave Macmillan, focuses on informal workers and organized action across countries in the global South.
Dong-Sik Kim – Korean Women's Development Institute, South Korea
Kim is a research fellow at the Korean Women’s Development Institute which is a government research think-tank under the Prime Minister’s Office of South Korea. He is a member of various gender equality and health committees of the central and local governments in South Korea. His research interests include gender and health inequalities, and in recent years he has conducted several researches on gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health, and gendered body and its impact on psychological wellbeing through national surveys. In relation to the latter, Korea regards women's body as an important capital for social success, so that Korean women are strongly under pressure for their body management throughout their lives. In the process, most of Korean women are exposed to plastic surgery. Early and repeated plastic surgery threatens women’s physical and mental health. Dong-Sik found these results through a national survey last year and now studies how gendered and stratified women’s body are linked to discrimination, stigma and health against women.
Ernesto Lopez – Universidad Católica, Paraguay
Ernesto Lopez is the director of the Research Department at the Catholic University in Encarnacion, Paraguay. He is also a professor and researcher at the National University of Itapúa where he specializes in Guarani and Spanish Bilingualism, as well as in the English language. In 2018 he was appointed as Research Candidate for the National Incentive Program for Researchers (PRONII), an annual grant for professional researchers from different fields funded by National Science and Technology Council Paraguay (CONACYT). In addition to these titles, he is currently working on a research project called, “Multilingualism in Itapúa: Official, Indigenous and Foreign Languages in Contact” granted by CONACYT.
Katie Meehan – King's College London, United Kingdom
A human geographer and water policy specialist by training, Meehan is senior lecturer in human geography at King's College London and the lead principal investigator of the Plumbing Poverty project. Her expertise includes urban political ecology, infrastructure and social inequality, household water insecurity, urban geography, and the politics of environmental knowledge at the science-policy interface. She is a mixed methodologist, combining data from diverse sources such as ethnography, household surveys, Q method, and census data. Her research has appeared in journals such as Science, Geoforum, Environment and Planning D, Water International, and WIREs Climate Change. Meehan is on the leadership team of the NSF-sponsored research project on Knowledge Integration that explores how experts integrate knowledge "from microbes to landscapes" and across disciplinary cultures in the Brazilian Amazon, a place of intense scientific collaboration and long standing geopolitical unease regarding issues of knowledge production and resource extraction.
Kedir Teji Roba – Haramaya Univesity, Ethiopia
Kedir Teji Roba is an assistant professor in the College of Health and Medical Sciences at Haramaya University. Kedir studies the relationship between of exposure to infectious diseases and epidemiology of under-nutrition/food insecurity in the region around Haramaya. He is also site coordinator for Demographic and Health Surveys efforts, leading a large team and data collection and management for over 50,000 households and 300,000 people.
Fernanda Scagliusi – University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fernanda is a professor at the School of Public Health of the University of São Paulo, Department of Nutrition. She has experience in nutrition, with emphasis on nutrition analysis of population, socioanthropology of food and clinical nutrition, working mainly on the following topics: socio-cultural aspects of food and eating, obesity and dietary intake assessment. She is a member of the Human and Social Sciences Commission of the Brazilian Association of Public Health (ABRASCO). She has been, since 2017, coordinator of the Coordinating Committee of the Nutrition Course of the School of Public Health of USP. She is a member of the Center for Epidemiological Research in Nutrition and Health (NUPENS).