Alexandra Brewis Slade, Professor of Medical Anthropology
Trained in Anthropology and Demography, I favor locally-situated bio-cultural
field studies as a way to better how biology, culture, and ecology interact
to produce population variation in demographic and health outcomes. My
field projects to date have ranged across such topics as reproduction and
family planning, breastfeeding, child health and survival, HIV and other
sexually transmitted infections, and body image and obesity, and have been
located in communities in Mexico, the U.S., Samoa, Micronesia, and New
Zealand. At the other end of the scale, I also am very interested in the
analysis of large, comparative databases to identify the ecological and
social underpinnings of the really broad patterns of human health and population.
To me, one of the more powerful aspects of an anthropological approach
is having the theoretical framework to do cross-cultural comparisons in
a way that can provide truly meaningful understandings of broad-scale (universal,
not just global) demographic phenomena.
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