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  • 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