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I have two primary areas of research interest: transnational migration and global mental health. An initial major research project explores the impacts of mother migration for families in migrant sending countries; particularly, this work examines the role of grandmothers as caregivers in Nicaraguan transnational families. In my book, Care Across Generations: Solidarity and Sacrifice in Transnational Families (Stanford University Press, 2017), I show how intergenerational caregiving not only reflects gendered and political-economic constraints but also generates strong ties of solidarity across borders and over time in the face of the uncertainty and disruption of transnational migration. In a second major research project, funded by the Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, I worked with colleagues at the Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa and the University of South Florida to study the impacts of transit migration through Mexico (Central American migration and forced return or deportation from the U.S.) for responses of the Mexican state, civil society, and local communities. A third active research project, also in Mexico, is a study of psychiatry, culture, and care in shaping the illness experiences of people living with diagnoses of schizophrenia and other major mental health challenges. [This work emerges out of my involvment as a Faculty Mentor with the Latino Mental Health Research Training Program (] With UO graduate students, during the summer of 2017, we conducted interviews with local volunteers in refugee resettlement and immigrant integration networks in Oregon; this project examines local humanitarianism or how people are fostering welcoming communities in a hostile political era. In a new, interdisciplinary collaboration, I am working with Mary Wood (UO English) and a team of undergraduates in the UO medical humanities research group to examine mid-20th century American psychiatry through a case study of the Morningside Hospital, which operated in Portland from 1903-1963.

Areas of Interest: Global health and global mental health; medical & psychiatric anthropology; transnational migration, migrants, and refugees; humanitarianism and solidarity; gender, care, and caregiving; Nicaragua, México, Latin America.

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