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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 Vitae (pdf download)

Research and Teaching Interests
medical anthropology, applied anthropology, service learning, qualitative methods, social network analysis, vaccination, health care access, health disparities, health policy, health communication

Current Research
I am a medical anthropologist with training in cultural and biological anthropology as well as public health. My research focuses on health care access and decision-making, and particularly how policies, social structures (including class and racial inequalities), social networks and personal experience combine to produce health outcomes for individuals.

Currently I am working on a study of community values regarding the allocation of scarce medical resources during emergencies (with colleagues from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security) and a study of vaccination knowledge, attitudes and behavior among college students. I am also actively engaged with local organizations including Meals on Wheels and the Children’s Defense Fund Texas.

Selected Publications

Brunson EK, Mulligan J, Andaya EL, Melo MA, Sered S. 2018. Unrequited engagement: Misadventures in advocating for Medicaid expansion. American Anthropologist 120(3):601-609.

Schoch-Spana M, Brunson EK, Chandler HC, Gronvall GK, Ravi S, Sell TK, Shearer MP. 2018. Recommendations on how to manage anticipated communication dilemmas involving medical countermeasures in an emergency. Public Health Reports 133(4):366-378.

Schoch-Spana M, Brunson EK, Shearer MP, Ravi S, Sell TK, Chandler H, Gronvall GK. 2017. The SPARS Pandemic 2025-2028: A Futuristic Scenario for Public Health Risk Communicators. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.

Brunson EK. 2017. “Texans don’t want health insurance”: Social class and the ACA in a red state. In Unequal Coverage: The Experience of Health Care Reform in the United States, pp. 177-202. H Castaneda and J Mulligan, eds. New York: NYU Press.

Brunson EK, Sobo EJ. 2017. Framing childhood vaccination in the USA: Getting past polarization. Human Organization 76(1):38-47.

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.

News and Projects

Students in ANTH 3336/5336 (Community Research Project) recently completed a service learning project on behalf of Meals on Wheels Central Texas (MOWCTX).

A video of the project can be found on the Community Research Project webpage.

Courses Taught

ANTH 1312: Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 3311: Disease and Society
ANTH 3325: Medical Anthropology
ANTH 3336/5336: Community Research Project
ANTH 4309: Culture, Medicine and the Body
ANTH 4361: Field Methods in Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 5325: Seminar in Medical Anthropology
ANTH 5361: Qualitative Methods