OUR GROUP

OUR GROUP

Principal Investigator

Sera L. Young

Current Appointments

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Northwestern University
Adjunct Curator, The Field Museum of Natural History

Education

Ph.D. Nutritional Anthropology, Cornell University
M.A. Medical Anthropology, University of Amsterdam
B.A. Anthropology, University of Michigan

Ph.D. Nutritional Anthropology, Cornell University
M.A. Medical Anthropology, University of Amsterdam
B.A. Anthropology, University of Michigan

Contact

Email: sera.young(at)northwestern.edu
Office: 1819 Hinman Ave, Room 105





PhD Students

Margaret Butler

 

 

Education

B.A. Anthropology, Ithaca College

Research Interests

I am passionate about biocultural approaches to anthropological investigations of human health. I am interested in developing collaborative and interdisciplinary programs which provide support for low-income breastfeeding mothers in urban centers. My research interests include: infant and child development; maternal-child nutrition; breastfeeding; human health disparities; inequities in resource distribution; and structural violence.

Contact

Email: margaretbutler2023(at)u.northwestern.edu
Office: 1819 Hinman Ave, Room 102



 


Patrick Mbullo

 

Education

M.A. Social Anthropology, York University
B.A. Anthropology, Maseno University, Kenya

Research Interests

Patrick is a Graduate Student in Anthropology at Northwestern University and a Co-Founder of Pamoja Community Based Organization in Kenya. Patrick is an experienced anthropologist grounded in medical and development anthropology with sound ethnographic research skills. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in, community HIV programming, and sustainable livelihoods projects. Patrick’s research interests include politics of development in the global South, maternal and child health, mental health, information technology for development, and community participation in research.

Contact

Email: patrickowuor2021(at)u.northwestern.edu

 

 


Vicky Santoso

 

Education

M.S. Food Policy and Applied Nutrition, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University
B.S. Dietetics, University of Texas, Austin

Research Interests

My dissertation research explores the role of intra-household gender equality, especially on household decision-making and task division, in ensuring optimum resource (both time and economic) allocation for child nutrition. This research is part of Singida Nutrition and Agroecology Project (SNAP), a participatory research project engaging farmers in Singida, Tanzania in sustainable agriculture practices (Agroecology), nutrition, and gender roles. My hope is to have this work inform future impact evaluations of nutrition policies and programs.

Contact

Email: mvs43(at)cornell.edu

 

 

 

 

 

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Paula Pebsworth





Education

Ph.D. Primatology, Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University
M.A. Biology, State University of New York
B.A. Biology, University of Iowa

Contact

Email: ppebsworth(at)mac.com





Vidya Venkataramanan

Education

Ph.D.  Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC Chapel Hill
MPH  International Health, Boston University School of Public Health
B.A.  International Relations, Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests

My background is in international relations, global/public health, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH). Broadly, my research interests include a) implementation research, b) social and behavioral factors affecting public health and community development decisions, and c) environmental sustainability. Previously, I studied the implementation of rural, community-led total sanitation (CLTS) programs around Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. At Northwestern University, I am excited to use mixed methods to study community perceptions and impacts of “green” stormwater management interventions to prevent urban flooding in the South Side of Chicago, as well as household water insecurity experiences worldwide.

Contact

Email: vidyav(at)northwestern.edu



Research Coordinators

Joshua Miller



Education

B.S.  Human Biology, Health & Society, Cornell University

Research Interests

With a passion for policy-driven maternal and child health research, I assist with the various projects that Dr. Young oversees. As a research coordinator, I manage, clean, and analyze data while helping to ensure the proper implementation of study protocols. Broadly, my interests include water (in)security, food (in)security, and their intersections as well as interactions.

Contact

Email: josh.miller(at)northwestern.edu





Graduate & Undergraduate Students

  • Samuel Balka samuelbalka2020(at)u.northwestern.edu
  • Casey Benzaken caseybenzaken2019(at)u.northwestern.edu
  • Hollyn Cetrone hollyncetrone2019(at)u.northwestern.edu
  • Abigail Cottier abigailcottier2020(at)u.northwestern.edu
  • Maxime Godart maximegodart2020(at)u.northwestern.edu
  • Tracy Guo j4i9d7(at)u.northwestern.edu
  • Samanvi Kanugula samanvikanugula2022(at)u.northwestern.edu
  • Virginia Nowakowski virginianowakowski2018(at)u.northwestern.edu
  • Hayley Platt hayleyplatt2019@u.northwestern.edu
  • Anna Scarbrough annascarbrough2019@u.northwestern.edu
  • Benjamin Thomae benjaminthomae2021(at)u.northwestern.edu
  • Mira Wang mirawang2018@u.northwestern.edu
  • Drew Weisberg drewweisberg2021@u.northwestern.edu
  • Julia Yeam jooheeyeam2018@u.northwestern.edu