About Me

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I am an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Brandeis University in Massachusetts, where I teach classes on medicine, religion, gender, and death and dying. As a public intellectual, I like to seek out opportunities to make my academic work relevant to a wider audience, such as through media engagements, podcasts, and op-eds.


2012   University of Chicago, Ph.D.
2008  University of Chicago, M.A.
2004  Reed College, B.A.


Medical and cultural anthropology; anthropology of death and dying;  anthropology of religion, gender, and the body; medical aid-in-dying; end-of-life care; United States.

Awards and Honors

2018                Eileen Basker Memorial Prize for Beyond Surgery, Society for Medical Anthropology
2018                Michael L. Walzer ’56 Award for Excellence in Teaching, Brandeis University
2017–2018  Bernstein Faculty Fellow, Brandeis University
2017                Provost Research Grant, Brandeis University
2015                Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship, Wenner-Gren Foundation
2011–2012   Mellon Dissertation Fellowship, University of Chicago
2010                Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, Wenner-Gren Foundation
2006–2010 Century Fellowship for Graduate Study, University of Chicago

Courses Taught

ANTH 127a  Medicine, Body, Culture
ANTH 144a  Anthropology of Gender
ANTH 160b  Dirt, Disgust, and Contagion
ANTH 164a  Medicine and Religion
ANTH 165b  Anthropology of Death and Dying
ANTH 213a   Advanced Topics in Medical Anthropology
HSSP 110a    Integrative Seminar on Health