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Emily K. Brunson

Texas State University Applied Anthropology, Dr. Brunson, Cultural Anthropology Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Washington
Phone: (512) 245-6753
Office: ELA 237

Curriculum Vita

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.

Selected Publications and Blog Posts

Brunson EK, Mulligan J. Falling further behind on health. Public Anthropologies July 2017. Available at:

Mulligan JM, Brunson EK. The “anecdote” insult, or why health policy needs stories. Critical Care March 2017. Available at:

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.

Courses Taught

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