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Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grant Report

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Biological and Physical Anthropology | Digestive System Diseases | Diseases | Nutritional and Metabolic Diseases | Social and Cultural Anthropology


In the spring of 2016 I received funding to hire two collaborative researchers to work with me on my ethnographic research into celiac disease. I hired two anthropology majors: rising junior Elizabeth Stoeger and rising senior Cruz Morey.

Because both had been through our Methods course, they were trained to conduct interviews. I supplemented that training by focusing early in the summer on qualitative methods, particularly ethnographic interviewing skills. Elizabeth and Cruz spent virtually all of their allocated time conducting and transcribing interviews, thus adding considerably to the store of qualitative data I’m drawing upon for my paper at the American Ethnological Society (AES) meetings in spring of 2017 in Palo Alto. Their interviews were wide-ranging, but mostly focused on the unusual ways living with celiac disease manifests in daily life. Although there is more to examine in the data they collected, my first paper that draws on it will look at how celiacs counter dominant narratives about gluten avoidance through careful use of discourse framing and language choice. (I had proposed to focus on communion wafers in religious traditions. While they did gather data on that topic, there wasn’t a large enough group in their sample who had experience with that issue to be able to say we’ve accomplished that particular goal although we’ve made progress.)


This research was conducted as part of a Linfield College Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grant in 2016, funded by the Office of Academic Affairs.

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