NEOS Volume 12, Issue 2: Author Biographies

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Jieun Cho 
Jieun Cho a Ph.D. candidate in Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. She is researching the intersection between children’s health, everyday life, and the ethical/political imagination in post-nuclear Japan. She is learning from the experience of middle-class families and radiation experts trying to raise healthy children amidst radioactive uncertainty.  

Sheila Collingwood-Whittick, PhD
After obtaining her Ph.D. on the colonial situation in Algeria and its literary reflection, in 1980, Dr. Collingwood-Whittick spent several years teaching in South East Asia where she honed her observations on colonization and decided to focus her scholarship thereafter on postcolonial anglophone literatures. From the early 1990s, Dr. Collingwood-Whittick taught postcolonial studies at the Universities of Geneva and Grenoble, specializing increasingly and publishing widely (books, book chapters and articles) on Australia’s settler colonial history and literatures, and, in particular, on the impact of colonization on Indigenous Australian populations. Though Dr. Collingwood-Whittick retired from teaching in 2012, she continues to carry out research, publish articles and regularly gives papers at international conferences. 

Pamela Feldman-Savelsberg, PhD
Dr. Feldman-Savelsberg is the Broom Professor of Social Demography and Anthropology at Carleton College. Her book publications include Plundered Kitchens, Empty Wombs: Threatened Reproduction and Identity in the Cameroon Grassfields (1999), and Mothers on the Move: Reproducing Belonging between Africa and Europe (2016).  

Kim Fernandes, M.Ed.
Kim Fernandes is a doctoral student in Education and Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. Their project focuses on disabled children and their childhoods in India.  

Rabani Garg, MS.Ed.
Rabani Garg is a doctoral student in Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work focuses on how children deemed to be at risk by the state navigate their identities inside and outside school.  

Lara Gunderson, PhD
Dr. Gunderson is an anthropologist conducting community-based health disparities research. She is currently focused on a study to improve social supports for LGBTQ+ youth and an implementation science study to evaluate an effort to improve screening and brief interventions for substance use in school-based health centers.  

Sarah Elizabeth Morrow, M.A.
Sarah Elizabeth Morrow is a practicing medical anthropologist, embedded as a pediatric clinical coordinator for a larger healthcare and insurance system in Pennsylvania. She is also a PhD student at the University of Alabama, focused on the integration of Social Determinants of Health into the culture of clinical biomedical practice.  

Elisha Oliver, PhD
Dr. Oliver received her PhD from the University of Oklahoma. She is a bio-cultural anthropologist and visual ethnographer. Her research explores the linkages between narrative, health, and space and place in rural communities.  

Julie Spray, PhD
Dr. Spray is a post-doctoral research associate in the Division of Public Health Sciences, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She is author of the recently published book, The Children in Child Health: Negotiating Young Lives and Health in New Zealand.  

Sean Heath, M.A.
Sean Heath is a social anthropologist specializing in the body, movement, the senses, and human-water interactions. Currently, he works as a PhD candidate at the University of Brighton on pain and injury amongst competitive youth swimmers in the UK and Canada.  

EB Saldaña, M.A.
EB Saldaña is a doctoral candidate in Anthropology. Based on thirteen months of ethnographic participant observation with former foster youth, service providers, child welfare advocates, and policymakers, her dissertation investigates “aging out” of Kentucky’s child welfare system.  

Margie  Sanderson
Margie Sanderson is a staff member at the Society for Children and Youth of BC. She has been passionate about advancing young people’s rights for as long as she can remember, dating back at least to age 9 when she rallied her classmates to petition for changes at their elementary school. She has a particular interest in child-inclusive design, and a background working with youth in educational contexts, including 3 years on staff at a democratic free school. She lives on the unceded territory of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations, what is now known as Vancouver, BC.   

Daniel Shattuck, PhD
Dr. Shattuck is an anthropologist conducting research to ameliorate sexual and gender minority (SGM) population health disparities. His current work focuses on SGM adolescent populations and interventions to support improved behavioral health outcomes.