Work of Anthropology Professor Spotlighted by International Organization

Monday, April 27, 2015

"Reconsidering Migrant Health: Anthropologists in Conversation with Public Health Paradigms," a presentation by Bill Alexander, UNCW associate professor of cultural anthropology, and Sarah Horton, University of Colorado Denver, at the Society for Applied Anthropology’s annual meeting was one of 20 chosen to be a podcast.

In the presentation "Casting Light in the Shadows of Checkpoints," Alexander discusses an ongoing ethnographic video project he is working on with UNCW anthropology and film studies major Anthony Guevara and recent anthropology graduate Mary Brannock.

Supported by a Cahill University Scholarship Grant, the film documents the effects of aggressive immigrant policing on the health, well-being and quality of life of migrants and migrant farmworkers in eastern North Carolina.  Alexander showed a segment of clips from the film that explores how restricted mobility and racial profiling created by the state’s failure to address the issue of driving privileges places those without legal status at risk. 

The documentary provides a forum for personal testimonies to facilitate dialogue between policy makers, public health agents and state residents over the broader social consequences of citizenship enforcement.

The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) is a worldwide association for applied anthropology that promotes the integration of anthropological perspectives and methods in solving human problems, advocates for fair and just public policy and promotes public recognition of anthropology as a profession. The society publishes two journals Human Organization and Practicing Anthropology.

The podcast can be heard online.