I am a medical anthropologist and interdisciplinary researcher. I investigate the complexities of access to sexual and reproductive health and care for marginalized communities. I am interested in understanding how national policies of culturally appropriate care are enacted at the local level; how health care providers view their role in extending care to under-served communities; and how women make decisions about their reproductive lives.

My current research spans work in the US and Peru.

In Peru, my research interrogates changes in reproductive decision-making and health provider perspectives related to Zika Virus threat.

Research Interests

  • Cultural competency
  • Indigenous groups
  • Health disparities
  • Latin America
  • Reproductive policy
  • Reproductive health
Past Affiliations
Chicano/a Studies, Physical Education, Public Health, Anthropology, Allied Health
MPH, University of Pittsburgh, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, 2013
PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Medical Anthropology, 2013
MA, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Gender, Sexuality and Reproductive Health, 2006
BA, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, Peru, Anthropology, 1997
peru usa, midwest medical anthropology immigrants qualitative methods (social sciences) reproductive rights sexuality and sex roles child or maternal health health disparities minority health health of underserved populations reproductive health services contraceptives sexual and reproductive health
English, French, Spanish
American Anthropological Association
Society of Medical Anthropology
Society for Applied Anthropology
Latin American Studies Association
American Public Health Association