Dr. Jennifer Trivedi’s research examines historical and cultural contexts surrounding disaster vulnerability, response, and recovery. She is now part of a team with the Disaster Research Center that is assessing the impacts of COVID-19 on hurricane recovery, changing definitions of “hazardous” jobs amidst the pandemic, coping strategies among UD faculty, how the pandemic relates to cultural meanings of risk and disaster, widespread anxiety on job security, and the impacts of COVID-19 on college sports. You can hear more about Dr. Trivedi’s research by listening in to the COVIDCalls Podcast and The Big Rhetorical Podcast, where she was recently featured. You can read more about her work on COVID-19 in the journal, Human Organization.
Melissa K. Melby
Dr. Melissa Melby is a medical anthropologist with training in chemistry, environment and development, public health and nutritional epidemiology. She is in a research group that is interested in how cultural practices and exposures (such as antibiotic use, diet, and exercise patterns) impact the microbiome, which in turn affect co-morbidities (associated with gut microbiota dysbiosis) that increase susceptibility to SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 outcomes. In this PNAS paper, the group examined how COVID-19 may impacts population differently according to biocultural factors such as hygiene, food, and social interaction, and explore how pandemic control practices (eg disinfection, use of antimicrobials, social distancing, and dietary changes) may impact human health through the microbiome, particularly at the bookends of life.
Carla Guerrón Montero
Dr. Carla Guerrón Montero is a cultural and applied anthropologist whose long-term research focuses on tourism, food, and the African diaspora in Latin America. She has recently argued that issues of race and inequality have powerfully influenced how COVID-19 is talked about among politicians and in the media, and she co-authored a letter to Delaware Governor John Carney about the need to protect highly-vulnerable immigrant populations across the state during the pandemic.
Dr. Georgina Ramsay conducted fieldwork in the Democratic Republic of the Congo during 2019’s Ebola outbreak and has written about poverty and inequality as key factors in how pandemics impact diverse populations.
Dr. Karen Rosenberg, a biological anthropologist with interests in human evolution as well as human health, recently organized a panel of UD experts to discuss the science of COVID-19 and potential policy responses.
Bahira Sherif Trask (Anthropologist and Chair of UD Education and Human Development)
Dr. Bahira Trask’s anthropological research examines gender, globalization, and family change. She has written recently about how “shelter-in-place” policies can affect families and influence gender roles, especially domestic and caretaking responsibilities. To hear more about her research on COVID-19, see her presentation to the UD College of Education and Human Development and her presentation to the Universal Peace Federation.