Post-Grant Reports


Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grant Report

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Biological and Physical Anthropology


In the spring of 2014 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 one of the two students I’d hired the summer before and another, new research assistant. Both had asked early in spring semester for a position, and I was looking forward to working with them both. Unfortunately, by the time I received word of the grant, both had gotten anxious about not receiving word and had found other work.

Because there was a shortage of available students who had been through our methods course and would be able to live and conduct research locally, I hired two other students to do literature reviews. Although disappointed not to do ethnographic fieldwork on the Celiac project that summer, the students’ work on literature reviews and annotated bibliographies related to planned writing projects has proven quite useful. They produced literature reviews on recent developments in metaphor theory in anthropology (Nicholas Coney) as well as the anthropology of the body (Mariel Pratz-Albert). I’ve drawn on both reviews for my spring 2015 American Ethnological Society (AES) paper, which examines the role of metaphor in the narratives of those with Celiac disease (particularly in how they discuss the rising popularity of the gluten-free diet for non-Celiacs). I also drew on the research for my senior capstone course in fall 2014 (Gender, Sexuality and the Body) and will use the other for my fall 2015 course Language and Culture.


This research was conducted as part of a Linfield College Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grant in 2014, funded by the Office of Academic Affairs.

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