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I have a doctorate in cultural/medical anthropology from the University of Connecticut and teach at several universities in the US. I've also volunteered internationally for many years, working with small NGOs. I'm interested in the social, economic and political aspects of inequality, particularly in regards to gender, health and education. This includes how minority peoples around the world - indigenous, inner city or rural - express themselves culturally and politically within the context of their everyday lives.
I've managed volunteer surgeons and operating room personnel on short-term international missions and taken students from Western Connecticut State University on travel study and humanitarian trips to Asia, South America and Africa. In 2008, I founded Humanitarian Travel Abroad, LLC, making trips available to non-student and non-medical volunteers. Some of the posts here will be about our activities, written by team members while traveling abroad.
I am also a fan of the arts - photography/photojournalism, documentary and cinematic film, fine arts, street art/graffiti, literature, music, dance. Therefore, you will see posts that describe the linguistic, theatrical and other creative expressions of the political and cultural identity of people around the world. And I'll also throw in book and film recommendations, comparative cultural insights, back-stories to hot topics in the news, and perspectives on human rights.
Feel free to Tweet, Facebook or otherwise re-post anything that catches your eye with the easy buttons at the top of each entry. You can also find me on Twitter: @hatcherscene, or read my resume here.
Jeannie Hatcherson, Ph.D.