Communications & Membership Volunteers

María Barbero
Social Media Coordinator

Florida International University
María Barbero is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies at Florida International University. Her research centers on questions of race and ethnicity, nationalism, migration, and youth both in the United States and Argentina. Her dissertation, titled “The Age of Migration Control: Youth and Governmentality in the Americas” looks at migration control policies, discourses, and practices as they specifically target and affect migrant youth living in the cities of Miami and Buenos Aires. Prior to joining Florida International University, Maria earned a Master’s degree from the department of Comparative Studies at The Ohio State University.

Véronique Gilbert

Neos Editor

veronique-bioVéronique Gilbert is currently completing her PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh (UK). Her dissertation, Mokk Pooj: Gender, Interpretive Labour and Sexual Imaginary in Senegal’s Art/Work of Seduction, examines the evolving gender relationships exposed by and contested through the Senegalese art of seduction, mokk pooj. It explores how imagining and responding to men’s needs and desires allows women to negotiate power and exert agency in a Muslim, patriarchal, polygamous context.

Véronique holds an MA in Anthropology and a BA in International Development and Globalisation from the University of Ottawa, Canada. For her master’s degree, she conducted fieldwork in Dakar (Senegal) where she worked in a local organisation providing medical and social services to street children. Her first article, published in the French journal Autrepart, analyses street children’s agency and victimhood.

Prior to her postgraduate studies, Véronique worked for UNICEF Canada and the Paul Gérin-Lajoie Foundation in Montreal (Quebec). She also volunteered as a doula and worked or volunteered for various children and youth programs and associations in her native province of Quebec, Canada. Veronique is fluent in French and English, and speaks conversational Spanish and Wolof.

Dori M. Beeler
Website Manager/Blog Editor

Dori Beeler received herMA in Socio-Cultural  and PhD in Medical Anthropology from the University of Durham. As a medical anthropologist her work spans across a contemporary and socio-historical understanding of the intersections between healing and spirituality; medical science, expertise and law; health and wellbeing; healthcare and commodity; the body as culture; oral history and tradition; and children’s health and care. She has done extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Britain investigating Reiki practice with a focus on the practitioner, the client, and medical professionals. Her 2015 thesis, An Ethnographic Account of Reiki Practice in Britain, led to a description of the relationship between spirituality and wellbeing  within Reiki practice. Underlying Dori’s work is her interest in an in-depth understanding of the everyday, lived experience of individuals and communities. She is currently working at the University of Notre Dame as a postdoctoral researcher in the Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing investigating virtues within the practice of science. Since being awarded her PhD Dori is pursuing an interest in children’s health and care, particularly as it concerns research methods, clinical treatment within pediatric oncology and children’s spirituality and health.


Emily Sander
Assistant Membership Coordinator

California State University-Long Beach
Emily is a graduate student in occupational therapy at California State University-Long Beach specializing in serving children with sensory processing and emotional disorders. As an anthropology undergraduate, Emily served as the Newsletter Assistant to the Editor. As Assistant Membership Coordinator, Emily will assist the Advisory Board in launching a series of member-focused initiatives to encourage networking, communication, and inter-disciplinary research.

Sara Thiam
Content Coordinator for Blog & Social Media

IMG_5867Johns Hopkins University / Michigan Technological University
Sara Thiam received her PhD in Anthropology from McGill University, and she also holds an MA in Medical Anthropology from McGill.  Her work focuses on global children’s rights promotion, the intersection between rights-based and relief-based interventions, cross-cultural conceptions of childhood, and child and youth entitlements, obligations and discipline in West Africa.  Her 2015 dissertation, Forced Begging, Aid and Children’s Rights in Senegal:  Stories of Suffering and Politics of Compassion in the Promotion of Rights for the “Taalibe” Qur’anic School Students of Senegal and Mali, examines how religion, politics, and NGO aid-seeking interact in campaigns targeting child trafficking in the region.  Sara is currently finishing up an MPH degree at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and she is lecturing in the Social Sciences Department of Michigan Technological University.  As board chair of Right Start UP, a small non-profit in northern Michigan, Sara is directing a participatory, intergenerational digital history project rooted in social science research and methods that promotes youth community engagement and health and well-being in older adults.

Violette Ho
Content Coordinator for Website Resources

Violette - For ACYIG bio (5)Violette Ho received a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California Los Angeles, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, along with College Honors and Departmental Honors. As a Lemelson Undergraduate Scholar at UCLA, she conducted fieldwork on college decisions among young women in Southern Vietnam. Her current research focuses on memories of socialist schooling and (post)socialist education in neoliberal urban contexts. In addition to collaborating the content for ACYIG website, she also works on English-Vietnamese translation of History and Anthropology texts.

Robin Valenzuela
Content Coordinator for Website Resources

13434733_10101979181012564_3903381456384995052_nRobin Valenzuela is a PhD student in the cultural anthropology program at Indiana University.   She is interested in how noncitizen Latinos experience the Child Protection system in the United States, especially when their legal status or non-Western parenting practices are construed as abuse or neglect.  Robin has a MA in Spanish, an MA in Anthropology, and a Graduate Certificate in Latin American Studies from the University of Louisville.

Neos Publication Staff

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