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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 2017 I received funding to hire two collaborative researchers to work with me on my ethnographic research into celiac disease. I recruited two anthropology majors: rising senior Elizabeth Stoeger and rising sophomore Rose Letsinger.

Because Elizabeth had been through our Methods course, she was trained to do research, and she and I trained Rose, focusing early in the summer on qualitative methods, particularly ethnographic interviewing skills. Elizabeth spent virtually all of her allocated time conducting and transcribing interviews, thus adding considerably to the store of qualitative data I’ve been collecting over the last several years. Rose did some interviewing as well, but spent much of her time building literature reviews that serve as background to our ethnographic work. The ethnographic 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 next 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.


This research was conducted as part of a Linfield College Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grant in 2017, funded by the Office of Academic Affairs.

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