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Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grant Report

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Social and Cultural Anthropology


In the spring of 2013 I received funding to hire two collaborative researchers to work with me on my ethnographic research into Celiac Disease. At that time, I intended to rehire the two students I’d hired the summer before. Fortunately or unfortunately, neither was available due to other opportunities. (One received an internship at the national Celiac Disease Foundation, possibly in part because of her work with me on the same research project the summer before.)

Because there was a shortage of available students who had been through our Methods course, I hired two rising sophomores who’d both had classes with me, and who seemed capable of library research if not direct ethnographic field research (due to their lack of training). Although disappointed not to work on the Celiac project that summer, because of my then-imminent sabbatical, I decided to have the students work on literature reviews and annotated bibliographies related to planned writing projects. They produced literature reviews on autoethnography, illness narratives, and the anthropology of disease (for my Fall 2013 American Anthropological Association (AAA) paper), the anthropology of communion (for a future paper on Celiac Disease and communion wafers), and correlativity and other gender issues in Chinese culture (for an article on gender and Buddhism in Taiwan).


This research was conducted as part of a Linfield College Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grant in 2013, funded by the Office of Academic Affairs.

Student collaborators were Gabriela Gonzalez and Sarah Ketler.

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