Adrienne Strong

Medical anthropology, maternal mortality, hospital ethnography, and dignity in women's health care

I am currently a PhD candidate in sociocultural anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis, USA. I am also pursuing a joint degree with the Universiteit van Amsterdam in the Netherlands. I study maternal mortality and women's health in Tanzania, currently in the Rukwa Region, and conducted my dissertation fieldwork from January 2014- August 2015. From September 2010 through July 2011, I conducted research on access to healthcare services during pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period in the Singida Region of Tanzania. My doctoral dissertation project focuses on the inner workings of a government regional referral hospital, examining how institutional structures related to hierarchy, bureaucracy, historical precedents, communication and other factors, may influence the capacity of the institution to provide effective maternal healthcare during times of obstetric crisis. My research focuses on biomedical healthcare providers and administrators, groups that are often overlooked in the context of medical anthropology in sub-Saharan Africa. I contextualize the hospital ethnography with interviews, participant observation, and focus group discussions in communities throughout the region, as well as through the use of primary archival sources from the colonial and post-independence eras. 

This is my personal website, which includes updates on my research, collaborations, conference presentations and papers, publications, teaching, and critical responses to current events related to women's health and reproduction.  

Mentions and Public Anthropology

Washington University Feature

Feature on Anthropology Department Website

Research Report on Global Health Hub

Photoessay on SAPIENS.org

Teaching experience

Washington University in St. Louis

  • Instructor of Record: Global Gender Issues, Spring 2017
    • University College, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Instructor of Record: Introduction to Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Spring 2016
  •  Teaching Assistant: Gender, Culture and Madness in Fall 2012, taught by Dr. Rebecca Lester
  • Invited Respondent for Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship 2nd Annual Research Forum, Spring 2016- commented on student research theses
  • Guest Lecture on maternal mortality for Transnational Reproductive Health, Spring 2016
  • Guest Lecture on birth and maternal mortality for Introduction to Medical Anthropology, Spring 2016
  • Guest Lecture on methods for systematic qualitative text analysis for Research Methods in Anthropology Seminar, Fall 2015
  • Guest Lecture on research methods in anthropology for Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Fall 2015
  • Guest Lecture on maternal and reproductive health for Introduction to Medical Anthropology, Fall 2015
  • Grader: Global Gender Issues in Spring 2012, taught by Dr. Carolyn Sargent

STUDENT WORK

Included in this section you will find examples of student work from the courses I have taught. All names have been hidden but all work has been used with the student's permission. 

Washington University in St. Louis

From Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Spring 2016

Example of a final paper based on interviews with the student's mother and grandmother. Below the paper are selections from her interview questions and her notes on the interviewee's responses. 

 

Intro to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Spring 2016

Example of an in-class pair activity 

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