Ph.D., University of Washington
Phone: (512) 245-6753
Office: ELA 237
Research and Teaching Interests
medical anthropology, applied anthropology, qualitative methods, social network analysis, childhood vaccination, health care access, health disparities, health policy
I am a medical anthropologist with training in cultural and biological anthropology as well as public health. I have been involved with a variety of research projects relating to health including studies of diabetes care in the US, the impact of household decision-making on child growth and development in Kenya, and safe water practices in India. I am currently working on two research projects: an examination of people’s experiences living without health insurance in central Texas; and a study of how U.S. parents’ decisions about their children’s vaccinations are developed over time.
Brunson EK, Mulligan J. Falling further behind on health. Public Anthropologies July 2017. Available at: http://www.americananthropologist.org/2017/07/11/falling-further-behind-on-health/.
Mulligan JM, Brunson EK. The “anecdote” insult, or why health policy needs stories. Critical Care March 2017. Available at: http://medanthroquarterly.org/2017/03/07/the-anecdote-insult-or-why-health-policy-needs-stories/.
Brunson EK. 2015. Identifying parents who are amenable to pro-vaccination conversations. Global Pediatric Health 2:1-7.
Brunson EK. 2013. How parents make decisions about their children’s vaccinations. Vaccine 31(46):5466-5470.
Brunson EK. 2013. The impact of social networks on parents’ vaccination decisions. Pediatrics 131(5):e1397-e1404.
ANTH 1312: Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 3311: Disease and Society
ANTH 3325: Medical Anthropology
ANTH 3336/5336: Community Research Project
ANTH 4309/5309: Culture, Medicine and the Body
ANTH 5361: Field Methods in Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 5373: Graduate Seminar in Medical Anthropology