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UConn Anthropologist Sarah Willen Awarded Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant to Investigate Americans’ Perspectives on Health Equity

Sarah Willen

Sarah S. Willen, an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Connecticut, has been awarded a $699,960 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study how Americans of diverse socioeconomic, professional, and racial/ethnic backgrounds think about equity and deservingness in the health domain.

Willen, together with co-investigators Colleen Walsh, an assistant professor of health sciences at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio, and Abigail Fisher Williamson, an assistant professor of political science and public policy & law at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, received the grant to support a two-phase study they will launch this October.

The researchers plan to investigate how Americans think about a question that plays a “pivotal but largely implicit role in American public discourse about society’s obligations to its members” – the question of “who deserves what in the health domain, and why.”

“Often we hear health researchers and folks in public health say things like, ‘everyone deserves to live the healthiest possible life,’” Willen said. “That’s a bold statement, and we don’t know whether it’s supported by all Americans. In fact, it’s possible some see things quite differently. Our goal is to develop a better understanding of how people’s moral values and personal experiences influence their views, and their actions.”

In the first study phase, the research team will engage residents of Ohio’s Greater Cleveland area using interviews and ethnographic methods. In the second phase, they will test their qualitative findings in a national survey.

The study will also draw on the expertise of researchers at Brown University, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland State University, Syracuse University, the University of South Florida, and the Sisters of Charity Foundation. A key partner in the study’s first phase is HIP-Cuyahoga (Health Improvement Partnership-Cuyahoga), a county-wide initiative in Greater Cleveland.

The project will run from October 2017 until October 2019.

 

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve the health and health care of all Americans. We are striving to build a national Culture of Health that will enable all Americans to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwjf.org/twitter or on Facebook at www.rwjf.org/facebook.

Dr. Richard Wilson’s New Book on International Prosecution of Inciting Speech

International and national armed conflicts are usually preceded by a media campaign in which public figures foment ethnic, national, racial or religious hatred, inciting listeners to acts of violence. UCONN anthropology professor Richard Wilson’s new book entitled Incitement on Trial: Prosecuting International Speech Crimesevaluates the efforts of international criminal tribunals to hold such inciters criminally responsible. This is an unsettled area of international criminal law, and prosecutors have often struggled to demonstrate a causal connection between speech acts and subsequent crimes. Wilson argues that inciting speech should be handled under the preventative doctrine of inchoate crimes, but that once international crimes have been committed, then ordering and complicity are the most appropriate forms of criminal liability. Based in extensive original research, this book proposes an evidence-based risk assessment model for monitoring political speech. Dr. Wilson’s book identifies ‘revenge speech’ as the type of rhetoric with the greatest effects on empathy and tolerance for violence.

This excerpt was provided by the publisher, Cambridge University Press. For more information about the book and to purchase a copy, click here.

New Anthropology Graduate Students

UCONN’s Department of Anthropology welcomes seven new graduate students this year in sociocultural anthropology, medical anthropology, and archaeology:

Ashley Mcloed- advisor: Dr. Françoise Dussart;
Ashley Walters- advisor: Dr. Samuel Martinez;
Brandon Zinsious- advisor: Dr. Daniel Adler;
Elena Skosey-Lalonde- advisor: Dr. Gideon Hartman;
Johan Jarl- advisor: Dr. Alexia Smith;
Roxanne Lebenzon- advisor: Dr. Natalie Munro;
Vivian Laurens- advisor: Dr. Cesar Abadia-Barrero

Jennifer Cook Awarded Post-Doctoral Fellowship at SMU

Congratulations to our very own Jennifer Cook, who has accepted a 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas! The Center is focused on immigration policy and public policy impacting Latinos. She will be working on publishing work from her dissertation, teaching for the Anthropology Department, and working closely with a Dallas-based NGO, the Latino Center for Leadership Development, which is working to create a “pipeline of leaders” equipped to address the rapid growth of the Latino population in the US.

 

Jennifer Cook

William Farley Named UCONN Baseball Team Most Valuable Professor

Congratulations to William Farley who recently won the MVP (most valuable professor) award from UCONN’s Baseball Team! Bill is currently a Ph.D. candidate at UCONN’s Department of Anthropology. He is an archaeologist specializing in indigenous history and ethnohistory of Connecticut. He has also recently accepted a tenure-track position at Southern Connecticut State University.

Farley Award

Kitty O’Riordan’s Blog Post Published by Digital Humanities and Media Studies

Kitty O’Riordan’s blog post was published on the homepage of UCONN’s Digital Humanities and Media Studies program. Her post, which focuses on the intersections between digital humanities and the social sciences is entitled “Digital Humanities Is for Humans, Not Just Humanists: Social Science and DH.” Click here to access the full text of her blog post. Kitty is currently a Ph.D. student at UCONN’s Department of Anthropology.

 

Kitty Blog

Elic Weitzel Co-Winner of 2017 SAA Student Poster Award

Congratulations to archaeology graduate student, Elic Weitzel for winning the Society of American Archaeology’s prestigious 2017 Student Poster Award with his co-author Daniel Plekhov from Brown University at the Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC. Their poster was entitled Contact-Period Settlement Changes in Eastern North America: A Test of the Ideal Free and Ideal Despotic Distribution Models.