Visiting Research Associates

SAR hosts occasional visiting research associates and was fortunate this year to have five on campus working on projects on global health, pre-Contact environments, fertility issues, and the Catholic charismatic movement in New Mexico.

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Kitty Corbett

“Reframing Global Health in the Context of Environmental Crisis”

I want to thank you for facilitating one of the best years of my academic life. Being a visiting research associate at SAR has been restorative, productive, and stimulating in a great many ways. The enormous helpfulness of the staff, the resources of SAR (the library, the inspirational setting, etc.), the Santa Fe setting, and the company of the other scholars have been wonderful supports.
—Kitty Corbett, visiting researcher, in a letter to SAR’s board of managers

Kitty Corbett, a medical anthropologist, investigates the intersection of anthropology with community- and population-level initiatives to understand and improve public and global health. Human communities are facing unprecedented threats from natural resource depletion, extinctions, pollution, overpopulation, and climate change. Although discussions among social scientists about global health productively address political economy, international relations, and epidemiology and other health sciences, Corbett says they should also include the ecosystems that sustain us. Ethnographic examples illustrate both our vulnerability and the adaptive strategies that give some hope for our health in the future.

During her time at SAR, Corbett worked with her husband, resident scholar Craig Janes, on a book on global health and continued participating in several ongoing research projects on oral cancer treatment, HIV/AIDS patient retention, and excessive use of antibiotics.

Find out more about Kitty Corbett by visiting the SAR website (opens in new browser window).

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Linda C. Garro

“Health as a Family Matter: Health and Well-Being as Enacted in Dual-Earner Middle-Class Family Life in Los Angeles”

While at SAR, Linda C. Garro advanced work exploring health and well-being as part of family life, using data from a larger, collaborative project involving thirty-two middle-class families living in and around Los Angeles that was carried out by the Center on Everyday Lives of Families (CELF) at UCLA. While the medical anthropological literature has long pointed to the critically important role of family life with regard to health and illness across a variety of cultural settings, little research examines the on-the-ground processes through which matters of health and well-being are taken up in everyday family contexts. Rather, much of the existing research relies on interview data to explore how individuals think about health. The CELF study uses mixed methods, including video recordings of everyday family life and interviews on health and well-being completed with both parents present. By making the little-studied realm of everyday family life accessible to analysis, the CELF video recordings provide an unparalleled opportunity to observe the dynamics of family life in relation to matters of health and well-being. And in contrast with studies that rely upon a single method, the CELF study affords a unique opportunity to bring different types of data into analytic dialogue with the goal of elucidating the realm of health and well-being within the microcultural context of an individual family.

Find out more about Linda C. Garro by visiting the SAR website (opens in new browser window).

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Aimee Garza

“A State for Sanctuary: The Curious Life of a Controversial Proclamation”

In 1986, Governor Toney Anaya declared New Mexico a “State of Sanctuary” for Central American refugees as a “symbolic gesture” of solidarity. Using archival documents and oral history interviews, Aimee Garza uncovers the untold history of the Sanctuary Movement in New Mexico during the 1980s, highlighting the dramatic criminal trial that defined the movement and tested the legal and moral weight of the sanctuary proclamation.

One consequence of the Sanctuary Movement that Garza has identified is the spread of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, or renovación carismática, across the international border. This religious revitalization movement is sweeping northern Mexico, growing in popularity among Mexican migrants residing in the United States, and changing what it means to be Catholic on both sides of the border. In the context of rising anti-immigrant sentiment and recent legislative assaults on undocumented residents, Garza studied the intersections of immigrant rights activism and religious revivalism at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in order to rethink the relationship between religion and politics in our supposedly secular age.

Find out more about Aimee Garza by visiting the SAR website (opens in new browser window).

Eric E. Jones

“Reconstructing Pre-Contact Environments and Landscapes in Eastern North America”

While at SAR, Eric E. Jones began a project that explores more accurate ways to reconstruct pre-Columbian environments in eastern North America to learn about how people adapted to their natural environment. The background research revealed that reconstructing ancient soil properties is the key. Jones examined soil profiles from fieldwork earlier this summer to reconstruct the ancient soil properties at a fifteenth-century village in the Yadkin River Valley of the North Carolina Piedmont. Using GIS-based spatial modeling and statistical analyses, he will use the data to reconstruct various environmental conditions around the village and assess why people chose that location. This village is the first case study of many that will help explain settlement location choices and the factors behind the geographic distribution of pre-Columbian societies in eastern North America.

Find out more about Eric E. Jones by visiting the SAR website (opens in new browser window).

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John Martin

“Why More Boys than Girls—Or More Girls than Boys?: New Findings on Human Sex Ratio Variation at Birth”

John Martin’s research looks at the influences that affect the ratio of male to female births, particularly birth ratios for women who live with other menstruating women. Why is the ratio of male to female births among women who do not live with other women of fertile age higher than it is among women who do? Martin’s research chronicles new findings from analyses of the complex interactions among maternal age, maternal residence, and number of previous births associated with sex ratio variations in southern Africa. His findings illuminate the biosocial variables that affect the sex of offspring.

Find out more about John Martin by visiting the SAR website (opens in new browser window).

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