Vania Smith-Oka

Vania Smith-Oka is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and a Faculty Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. Her work focuses on the way that institutions (health and development) shape the health care of marginalized women. Her research takes place in both rural and urban settings in Mexico. Professor Smith-Oka’s current research focuses on the factors that affect the loss of empathy among medical students and its effect on the health of impoverished populations. Her previous work investigated the effect of large scale health and development policies on the motherhood of marginalized women.  Recent publications include: 
2012 - Bodies of Risk: Constructing Motherhood in a Mexican Public Hospital. Social Science and Medicine 75(12):2275–2282.
2012 - An Analysis of Two Indigenous Reproductive Health Illnesses in a Nahua Community in Veracruz, Mexico. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 8:33. DOI: 10.1186/1746-4269-8-33.
2012 - "They Don't Know Anything": How Medical Authority Constructs Perceptions of Reproductive Risk among Low-Income Mothers in Mexico.  In Risk, Reproduction, and Narratives of Experience.  Edited by L. Fordyce and A. Maraesa. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press.
2013 - Shaping the Motherhood of Indigenous Mexico.  Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press.
Select Courses: Gender and Health, Anthropology of Reproduction
Department of Anthropology bio   574/631-7269

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