Post-Grant Reports


Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grant Report

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


In the spring of 2019 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 seniors Carmen Chasse and Maiti Hunter.

After an initial training session on ethnographic interviewing and transcription, they spent most of the summer conducting, transcribing, and coding interviews - adding considerably to the store of qualitative data I’ve been collecting with students over the last several years. 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, I’m presenting a paper on this research at the upcoming Society for Applied Anthropology conference (Albuquerque, March 19th) that focuses on the religious/medical domain conflicts that develop over advising Catholics with celiac disease about the communion wafer and how celiacs respond.


This research was conducted as part of a Linfield College Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grant in 2019, funded by the Office of Academic Affairs.