Ph.D., University of Washington, 2010
Phone: (512) 245-6753
Office: ELA 237
Research and Teaching Interests
medical anthropology, public health, anthropological theory, qualitative methods, social network analysis, health disparities, childhood vaccination, health policy, growth and development
I am a medical anthropologist with training in cultural and biological anthropology as well as public health. In the past, I have been involved with a variety of research projects 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. Currently I am working on two research projects, one examining the experiences of people living without health insurance in Hays County, Texas, including how their situations are changing with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act; and the second examining how US parents’ vaccination decisions, and their social networks related to these decisions, develop over time.
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.
Brunson EK, Shell-Duncan B, Steele M. 2009. Women’s autonomy and its relationship with women’s status and children’s nutrition among the Rendille of northern Kenya. American Journal of Human Biology 21:55-64.
Collier-Garvin C, Cheadle A, Chrisman N, Chen R, Brunson EK. 2004. Culturally competent diabetes control: A community-based approach to diabetes control in multiple cultural groups. Ethnicity and Disease 14, Supp. 1: 83-92.
ANTH 1312: Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 3311: Disease and Society
ANTH 3325: Medical Anthropology
ANTH 4309/5309: Culture, Medicine and the Body
ANTH 5361: Field Methods in Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 5373: Graduate Seminar in Medical Anthropology