Anne Kohler

Research Interests

Anthropology of disability and disability studies, anthropology of moral experience, care and caregiving, assisted reproduction, phenomenology and embodiment, disability rights/human rights

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Cultural Areas

North America


2018 — 2019; University of Connecticut Department Dissertation Writing Fellowship

2018; Ruth Landes Memorial Fund Individual Grant

2017; National Science Foundation Cultural Anthropology Doctoral DissertationResearch Improvement Grant

2015; University of Connecticut Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention (CHIP) Christine N. Witzel Research Grant


Under Review (Spring 2019); Anne Kohler. Assuming Capacity: Ethical Participatory Research with Adolescents and Adults with Down Syndrome in Research Involving Participants with Impaired Cognition: Ethics, Autonomy, Inclusion, and Innovation. Ed. Arial Cascio and Eric Racine, University of Oxford Press

Under Review; When the Core Curriculum is Not Enough: Qualitative Insights from an Elective Social Justice Program for Preclinical Medical Students. Sarah S. Willen, Erin Good, Anne Kohler, Holly Atkinson. Submitted to Teaching and Learning in Medicine.

In Press; Human Rights and Health. Sarah S. Willen and Anne Koher. International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

2017; Global Health and Human Rights Faculty Publish in Top Medical Journal The Lancet.

2015; Cultural Competence and Its Discontents: Reflections on a Mandatory Psychiatry Course for Residents. Sarah S. Willen with Anne Kohler. In BA Kohrt and E. Mendenhall, eds, Global Mental Health: Anthropological Perspectives. Left Coast Press, pp 239-254.

Conference Presentations

2017; Dignity and Health. Roundtable. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting (Washington DC)

2017; Pre-Field Reflections on Doing Ethnography of Intellectual Disability. Session: Public Ethnography: The Politics of Working With and Writing For. Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting (Santa Fe, NM)

2015; Erring on the Side of Humanity: Accessing Experience and Relationality in the Context of Growth Attenuation. Session: Access, Capacity, and the Human. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting (Denver, CO)

2015; Empathy and its Limits. Roundtable. Society for Psychological Anthropology Biennial Meeting (Boston, MA)

2014; Reading Adoption Websites as Non-Traditional Photographic Essays: Visualizing Down Syndrome. Society for Visual Anthropology Annual Meeting (Boston, MA)


Professional Activities

Co-Facilitator; Interdisciplinary Health Systems Research. Bryan Summer Research Programs in Mathematics. Simpson College (with Dr. Heidi Berger)

Invited Presentation: Religion and Disability in Clinical Settings. Massachusetts General Hospital Genetics Conference (2018)

Invited Presentation: Mapping Health Disparities and Disability. Simpson College (2018)

Course Design and Instruction, UCONN Pre-College Summer Medical Anthropology and Global Health Course

Research Assistant, Human Rights and Social Justice in Medical Education (Dr. Sarah Willen)

Research Assistant, Institute for Community Research ATOD Risk and Resilience (Dr. Jianghong Li)

Research Assistant, Honors Core Course Design, Analyzing Religion (Dr. Jocelyn Linnekin)