I grew up in Hancock, MI, and in 2015 my sister Ruth and I co-founded Right Start UP to respond to our area’s pressing needs, including the lack of child care availability. Currently I am working as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Medical Anthropology and Childhood Studies at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Last year I directed Right Start UP’s YOUR Story project, funded by a Heritage Grant from the Michigan Humanities Council. I got my PhD in Anthropology from McGill University in Montreal in 2015, and I recently received a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health with a certificate in Maternal and Child Health. I attended the University of Michigan for my Bachelor’s degree.
My PhD research focused on transnational efforts to promote human rights for a population of vulnerable children in West Africa, including Senegal and Mali. My current interests lie in the intersection between research and action, integrating anthropology and ethnographic methods into community engagement.