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Maria Tapias

Associate Dean of the College

Maria Tapias earned her PhD in Anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and has been teaching at Grinnell since 2001. Her research interests include women's and infants' health, the anthropology of emotions, the impacts of neoliberalism on health, international migration, transnationalism and Latin American Studies. She has been conducting fieldwork in Bolivia since 1996 and among Bolivians in Spain since 2006. Her research has been published in journals such as Medical Anthropology QuarterlyBody and Society, and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. Her book, "Embodied Protests: Emotions, Sociality and the Search for Tranquility in Bolivia," is under contract with the University of Illinois Press.

Campus Phone: 

(641) 269-3028

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On-Campus Address: 

203A Nollen House
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

Education / Degrees: 

B.A. Sarah Lawrence College (1988) Ph.D. in cultural anthropology at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (2001) Curriculum Vitae/R

Courses Taught: 

Illness, Healing and Culture Ethnographic Research Methods The Social Foundation of Illness and Suffering Introduction to Anthropology

Primary Academic Interest: 

Medical anthropology
gender and health
the anthropology of emotions
and Immigration and Transnationalism

Academic Interests: 

Neoliberalism; Embodiment; Social Suffering

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