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Emily K. Brunson


Dr. Brunson Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Washington, 2010
Email: ebrunson@txstate.edu
Phone: (512) 245-6753
Office: ELA 237

Curriculum Vita

Research and Teaching Interests
medical anthropology, 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. 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

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.


Courses Taught

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