Dissertation topic, "Producing the Perfect Child: Re-conceiving Pregnancy Practices as Parental Care in the United States"
Kinship, gender, the body, and personhood
Medical anthropology and science and technology studies
Anthropology of the United States
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI
Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology, at present
M.A., Anthropology, December 2001
Pass with distinction on preliminary exams, May 2002.
B.A., English and Womens Studies, June 1992
Graduated cum laude.
Class of 1961 Scholar in English.
Fellowships and grants
Rackham Humanities Candidacy Fellowship, Rackham School of Graduate Studies, University of Michigan, 2003.
Pre-doctoral Fellowship for Dissertation Research
, Center for the Ethnography of Everyday Life, University of Michigan, Fall 2002.
Pre-doctoral Traineeship in Cultural Demography
, Population Studies Center, University of Michigan, 2001-2002.
Pre-dissertation Research Grant
, Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Summer 2000 and Summer 2001.
Pre-doctoral Fellowship in Anthropology
, Center for the Ethnography of Everyday Life, University of Michigan, 1999-2000.
Presentations, conferences, and workshops
Participated in the National Science Foundation Summer Institute for Research Design in Cultural Anthropology, Beaufort, NC, Aug. 2002.
Coordinated the Michigan Anthropology Graduate Association (MAGA) Visiting Speaker Series, University of Michigan, 2001-2002.
Presented paper, "The First Picture Show: A Media Anthropology Approach to the Ultrasound," as guest lecturer for Anthropology 420: Contemporary American Culture, taught by Dr. Rebecca L. Upton, University of Michigan, Apr. 2001.
Presented paper, "Making Babies, Making Mothers: Pregnancy and Personhood," at the Association for Research on Mothering annual conference, Toronto, Oct. 2001.
Presented paper, "Maternity and Its Discontents," co-authored with Dr. Rebecca L. Upton at the Midwest Sociological Society annual meeting, St. Louis, MO, Apr. 2001, and at the Alfred P. Sloan Centers for Working Families annual conference, Ann Arbor, MI, May 2001.
Co-organized the "Works in Progress" faculty speaker series, Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Winter 2000.
Graduate Student Instructor
University of Michigan, 2000-2002
Grader, Anthropology of Childbirth with Dr. Elisha Renne, Winter 2002.
Section instructor, Introduction to Anthropology with Dr. Tom Fricke, Winter 2001.
Section instructor, Anthropological Perspectives on Contemporary American Culture with Dr. Rebecca L. Upton, Fall 2000.
New York Daily News, 1994-1998
Reported and wrote features articles, reviews and columns on health, family and relationships, and food for the daily lifestyles sections.
Publications include The Star Ledger (Newark, NJ), Publishers Weekly, foodtv.com, theknot.com, A. Magazine, and Ms. Magazine.
General Assignment Reporter
Capital Cities/ABC Newspapers, 1992-1993
Reported and wrote news and features articles for The Kansas City Star (MO), The Belleville News-Democrat (IL) and The Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre, PA).