Jennifer Guzmán

Associate Professor of Anthropology
Bailey 150

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

Portrait of Jennifer Guzmán

Office Hours

Fall 2023
Tuesday/Fridays 2:00-3:30 pm

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles

  • M.A. University of California, Davis

  • B.A. University of Notre Dame


  • 2023 Medeiros MA and JR Guzmán (Editors). Ethnographic Insights on Latin America and the Caribbean. University of Toronto Press.

    In Press Guzmán, JR. In Pursuit of Health/Communicative Justice through an Intercultural Health Model in Indigenous Chile. Invited chapter for K Riley, BC Perley, and IM García-Sánchez (eds.). Language and Social Justice: A Global Perspective. Bloomsbury Publishers.

    2022 Guzmán, JR. Raitera, Ally, Accomplice: Giving Rides as Engaged Ethnography. Anthropology & Humanism 47(2): 312-328. DOI: 10.1111/ANHU.12388.

    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

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

    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 is a linguistic and medical anthropologist. She has conducted and collaborated on studies of clinical interaction in a range of conventional, CAM/IM, and ethnomedical contexts in Chile and the United States. Her most recent research addresses the creative ways that people confront health challenges and advocate for themselves within systems that are harmful to health, including intercultural health efforts in Chile and immigrant/labor rights organizing in the New York State. Dr. Guzmán is co-editor of Ethnographic Insights on Latin America and the Caribbean (University of Toronto Press), an edited collection designed for undergraduate teaching. She is presently working on a co-edited volume titled Language and Health in Action,which will highlight emerging scholarship at the intersection of linguistic and medical anthropology.


  • ANTH 120: Language and Culture

    An introduction to the study of language as a social resource and speaking as a cultural practice. This course gives students theoretical tools to examine how human communities use language to create, sustain, and change the social world. Topics include: linguistic heritage, regional and social dialects, language and cognition, racism/ethnicity/gender/class, and global language shifts.

  • ANTH 311: Language of Healing

    This course addresses two interrelated questions. What sorts of language practices support good health and promote healing and what sorts of language practices impair health and impede healing? We explore these questions cross-culturally through focused reading, critical discussion, and a participatory project in the tradition of embodied anthropology. Course themes include: symbolic healing, meaning response (placebo/nocebo effect), talk therapy, illness narratives, racialization and public health messages, and enduring debates concerning effective and humane doctor-patient communication. Students also receive instruction in ethnographic research methods and carry out a project related to a health-related practice of their choice.

  • ANTH 402: Sociomed Sci Cap Research

    This course is an in-depth examination of research in the sociomedical sciences. Students read and think critically about contemporary interdisciplinary research studies on health and medicine from across the globe. Students also learn how to design and conduct a study of an issue related to health, disease, illness and/or medicine.