Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology
B.A. in Anthropology, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO
Cultural components of health and disease; substance use and addiction, neuroanthropology; agriculture and food systems; integrated approaches to medicine; cross-cultural psychiatry
Laura is pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in the Anthropology of Human Health and Well-being, with a concentration on behavioral healthcare in its intersecting cultural, environmental and socioeconomic contexts. At Fort Lewis College, Laura focused on environmental anthropology, and the relationships between food systems, ecology and health. Towards the end of her undergraduate program, she became interested in how socioeconomic inequality, cultural trauma, and structural violence all influence human health and disease, and in how anthropological methods and theory can be used to better understand the far-reaching cultural influences on health.
Laura’s other interests include photography, graphic and web design, running, horticulture, entomology, arboriculture, nutrition, hiking, and volunteering with the Colorado Master Gardener Program.