My research as an anthropologist examines the cultural and social dimensions of medicine, with a particular focus on birth and death. Both of my primary ethnographic research projects grapple with questions of human viability and finitude, (bio)medical interventionism, religious ideology, belonging and exclusion, ideas about pain and suffering, and social inequality. Within medical anthropology, I am especially interested in reproductive health and end-of-life care, two areas with substantial analytical overlap. Part of what intrigues me about this work is how individuals and communities construct and dissolve attachments, how they respond to suffering of various kinds, and how they interact with health infrastructures and state bureaucracies to make decent lives for themselves. The overarching goal of my research is to use ethnographic inquiry to illuminate medicine’s reach into the intimate fabric of people’s lives, and to do so in a way that is broadly accessible.

Current Research Projects:

Obstetric Fistula

Medical Aid-in-Dying