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Jennifer Guzmán

Associate Professor
Bailey 150

Jennifer Guzmán has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2014

Office Hours

Fall 2021 Office hours:
Tues-Fri 12-12:45 virtual

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles

  • M.A. University of California, Davis

  • B.A. University of Notre Dame


  • 2020 Guzmán, JR., MA Medeiros, and G Faulkner. Teaching Im/migration through an Ethnographic Portrait Project. Teaching and Learning Anthropology 3(1).

    2020 Mikesell, L, A Marti, JR Guzmán, M McCreary, B Zima. Attending to Parent and Child Rights to Make Medication Decisions in Pediatric Psychiatry Visits. In C Lindholm, M Stevanovic, and E Weist (Eds.). Joint Decision Making in Mental Health: An Interactional Approach. Palgrave MacMillan. Pp. 69-94.

    2020 Medeiros MA and JR Guzmán. Im/migrant Farmworker Deportability Fears and Mental Health in the Trump Era: A Study of Polimigra and Contramigra in New York State. Culture, Agriculture, Food, and Environment 42(2):103-113.

    2020 Guzmán, JR and MA Medeiros. Damned If You Drive, Damned If You Don’t: Meso-level Policy and Im/migrant Farmworker Tactics under a Regime of Immobility. Human Organization 79(2):130-139.

    2020 Guzmán, JR. Time Discipline and Health/Communicative Labor in Pediatric Primary Care. Medical Anthropology. DOI:10.1080/01459740.2020.1750012

    2019 Guzmán, JR. Etiological Storytelling and the Interdiscursive Trajectory of a Diagnostic Odyssey. In E. Falconi & K. Graber (Eds.). Storytelling as Narrative Practice: Ethnographic Approaches to the Tales We Tell. Boston: Brill Press. Pp. 196-225.

    2019 Guzmán, JR, DA Paterniti, Y Liu, and DM Tarn. Factors Related to Disclosure and Nondisclosure of Dietary Supplements in Primary care, Integrative, and Naturopathic Medicine. Journal of Family Medicine and Disease Prevention 5:109.

    2019 Guzmán, JR and MA Medeiros. An Unlikely Cause: The Struggle for Driver’s Licenses to Prevent Family Separation. Practicing Anthropology 41(1):3-6.

    2018 L Mikesell, FA Marti, JR Guzmán, M McCreary & B Zima. Affordances of mHealth technology and the structuring of clinic communication, Journal of Applied Communication Research, 46(3):323-347. DOI: 10.1080/00909882.2018.1465195

    2017 Pritzker, SE, JR Guzmán, K Hui, DM Tarn. The Third Speaker: The Body as Interlocutor in Conventional, Complementary, and Integrative Medicine Encounters. Communication and Medicine 14(3):256-267.

    2016 Medeiros, MA, and JR Guzmán. Ethnographic Service Learning: An Approach for Transformational Learning. Teaching Anthropology 6:66-72.

    2015 Guzmán, JR. The Epistemics of Symptom Experience and Symptom Accounts in Mapuche Healing and Pediatric Primary Care in Southern Chile. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 24(3):249-276.

    2014 Tarn, DM, JR Guzmán, JS Good, NS Wenger, ID Coulter, DA Paterniti. Provider and Patient Expectations for Dietary Supplement Discussions. Journal of General Internal Medicine 29(9):1242–9.2014 Guzmán, JR. The Epistemics of Symptom Experience and Symptom Accounts in Mapuche Healing and Pediatric Primary Care in Southern Chile. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 24(3):249-276.

    2013 Guzmán, JR. Review: Scripting Addiction. S. E. Carr. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 23(2):E102-E104.

Research Interests

Dr. Guzmán conducts research at the intersection of linguistic and medical anthropology. Her research in Chile and the United States examines provider-patient communication across a range of conventional, CAM/IM, and indigenous medical paradigms. Dr. Guzmán's theoretical and methodological interests include:

  • Speaking rights and speaking obligations in medical settings
  • The epistemics of illness experience
  • The cultural constitution of clinical reality
  • Medicina intercultural / cross-cultural medicine
  • The ethnography of communication
  • Conversation analysis for the study of talk in institutional settings


  • ANTH 100: S/M/Intr Cultural Anthropology

    This course has two broad aims. One is to introduce students to the field of cultural anthropology by paying close attention to what anthropologists do and how they do it. The other is to explore some of the ways in which people organize their lives and construct systems of meaning -- from kin relations and gender roles to economic systems and marriage patterns, religion and healing. In the process, we will be challenged to think about the value of cultural diversity in an increasingly interconnected world and to see ourselves from others' point of view.

  • ANTH 302: Medical Anthropology

    This course explores the cultural, social, economic, political, and environmental factors that affect health and well- being-as well as the practice of healing and medicine-across cultures. We will use theories and methods from critical medical anthropology to examine the social determinants of health and health inequality.

  • ANTH 305: Field Methods in Linguistics

    This course provides theoretical and practical training in the methods that sociolinguists, applied linguists, and linguistic anthropologists use in the field to document language use in situ in communities of practice. Students learn about and gain practice with data collection and carry out an ethnographic project of their own design. Course topics include: the goals and ethical principles of ethnographic fieldwork, research design, participant observation, fieldnotes, photography, videography, and interviewing. Broadly speaking, this course teaches students to look and listen as a linguistic anthropologist, interpret what they see and hear, and share what they learn with an audience of their peers.