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Melanie A. Medeiros

Associate Professor of Anthropology
Bailey 106

Melanie A. Medeiros has been a member of the faculty since 2014.

Office Hours

Thursday 12:30-3:30.

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Curriculum Vitae


  • M.A., Ph.D, University of Arizona

  • BA, American University

Selected Publications

  • Medeiros, M.A. 2018. Marriage, Divorce and Distress in Northeast Brazil: Black Women’s Perspectives on Love, Respect and Kinship. NJ: Rutgers University Press.

  • Jennifer R. Guzmán, J.R., M.A. Medeiros. 2019. “An Unlikely Cause: The Struggle for Driver’s Licenses to Prevent Family Separation.” Practicing Anthropology 41(1): 3-7.

  • Medeiros, M.A., T. Henriksen. 2019. "Forms of Capital, Employment and Whiteness in Northeast Brazil's Ecotourism Industry." Latin American Research Review 54(2).

  • Medeiros, M.A., J. Guzmán. 2016. "Ethnographic Service Learning: An Approach for Transformational Learning."Teaching Anthropology 6(1): 66-72.

  • Nichter, M., M.A. Medeiros. 2015. "Critical Anthropology for Global Health: What Can It Contribute to Critical Health Psychology?" In Critical Health Psychology, edited by M. Murray. Pp. 291-307. London: Palgrave Macmillan Press.

  • Medeiros, M.A. 2014. "The Other End of the Bargain: the Socioeconomics of Gender Relations and Marital Dissolution in Rural Northeast Brazil." Transforming Anthropology 22(1): 105-120.

  • M. Hingle, M. Nichter, M.A. Medeiros, S. Grace. 2013. "Texting for Health: The Use of Participatory Methods to Develop Healthy Lifestyle Messages for Teens." Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 45(1): 12-19.

Research Interests

Dr. Medeiros is an engaged, critical medical anthropologist and feminist anthropologist whose research explores health disparities facing women of African descent in the Americas and im/migrant communities in the United States

Dr. Medeiros’ book Marriage, Divorce and Distress in Northeast Brazil: Black Women's Perspectives on Love, Respect and Kinship explores intimate relationships in rural Northeast Brazil to examine how inequality at the intersection of race, gender and class affects relationships and health and well-being in structurally vulnerable communities of African descent. 

  • Health inequity at the intersection of race, gender and class
  • Gender and health
  • Anthropology of love, marriage, divorce and kinship
  • Immigrant and migrant health
  • Healthy equity and social justice
  • Global health
  • Mental health


  • ANTH 313: Global Health Issues

    This course examines the effects of globalization on the health of people around the globe and relates disparities in the spread of preventable diseases and access to basic health services to thegrowing inequality between rich and poor nations. The course draws from contemporary global health research to explore issues such as, the spread of infectious and chronic disease, food and water insecurity, environmental health, and the effects of violence and war on global health. The theoretical perspectives used to analyze these issues draws on the work of critical medical anthropology, ecosocial epidemiology, applied anthropology, and public health. Prerequisites: ANTH 100 or ANTH 101 or ANTH 202. Credits: 3(3-0). Offered every spring.

  • ANTH 343: Cross-Cul Persp-Women's Health

    This course explores the context of women's lives and challenges to women's health across cultures. This course uses theories and methods from cultural anthropology and related social and health sciences to explain both the position of women in different societies and the connection between race, class, culture and gender roles, and to understand how cultural, social, economic, political, environmental and behavioral factors affect women's health across cultures. This course emphasizes the importance of examining women's health concerns in local as well as global contexts. Prerequisites: ANTH 100 or ANTH 101 or ANTH 202. Credits: 3(3-0) Offered fall even years

  • ANTH 402: Sociomedical Sciences Capstone

    This course is an in-depth examination of research in the Sociomedical sciences. Students read, think critically about, and discuss contemporary interdisciplinary research studies on health and medicine from across the globe. Students also learn how to design and conduct a qualitative study of an issue related to health, disease and/or medicine. Prerequisites: ANTH 302. Credits: 3(3-0) Offered every fall.

  • EXPL 101: Geneseo First-Year Seminar

    This course is intended for first-year students who are exploring the college and academic majors. Student work will focus on four areas: understanding the Geneseo curriculum; identifying a major based on skills and interests; cultivating academic success by embracing good study habits, formulating strategies for engagement, learning to navigate a diverse and inclusive campus, and practicing healthy responses to stressors; and gaining familiarity with Geneseo's curricular and co-curricular resources and high-impact learning opportunities. Coursework will include self-reflective writing, seminar readings on success strategies, and hands-on work with enhanced advisement, career exploration, and goal-setting.