Ruth C Enestvedt


  • B.S. St. Olaf College
  • M.S. University of Minnesota
  • Ph.D. University of Minnesota

Research and Scholarly Interests

Critical Medical Anthropology and Aging
Cultural foundations of health disparities
Culturally based barriers to health care access

Dynamics of resistance and control in health care among low income elderly women.

Recent Publications

“Dementia of scarcity? Medicalizing complaints of low-income elderly women.” (submitted to Medical Anthropology Quarterly)

Areas of Teaching and Responsibility

Teaching: Research courses in undergraduate and graduate programs
Practice courses in transcultural nursing (graduate)
Final graduate course integrating theory, research and practice
Transcultural course in Mexico
Cultural Anthropology in collaboration with sociology department

Other Responsibilities

  • Interim Department Chair
  • Co-coordinator of the Augsburg Central Nursing Center
  • Member of the Augsburg College IRB committee



Ruth C Enestvedt

Assistant Professor

Science 116
CB 118