Our team brings a wealth of community-based research experience in North and Central America, Southeast Asia, West, East and sub-Saharan Africa, and Europe. 

We are committed to the ethical standards of social science methods and are certified in human subjects' research.  


anastasia hudgins, phd

Co-founder & Director of International Research

Anastasia Hudgins is a sociocultural anthropologist with broad experience in qualitative research.  Much of her work revolves around the relationships between health, human rights and social policy, with her analysis focusing on the points where social justice can be achieved. Most recently she has worked with international organizations and government ministries in Southeast Asia; in Viet Nam she developed an analysis of the relationship between drug laws and policies in Viet Nam and their impact on minors, and in Cambodia she developed a handbook to guide healthcare providers in international best practices as they treat children who have been sexually or physically abused. Her work in Philadelphia includes a collaboration with an interdisciplinary team at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital to bring anthropological expertise to research in the emergency rooms of two hospitals in Philadelphia. This research focused on improving patient-centered care by revealing patients' multiple needs and goals in seeking emergency care. She has had full-time faculty appointments at Rutgers, Temple University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she taught courses in visual anthropology, medical anthropology and ethnographic methods, among many others. Her academic research focused on debt-bonded sex workers in Cambodia, the Cambodian health system, and fracking's impact on community in Western Pennsylvania. Recent publications include a policy analysis of fracking in Journal of Political Ecology, and a case study of a "heavy user" of an urban emergency room published in Social Science and Medicine. Anastasia has a PhD in cultural anthropology and a Women's Studies Certificate, and she speaks French, Khmer and Spanish.


Laurian Bowles, PhD

Research Consultant

As a feminist visual anthropologist, Laurian Bowles engages in participatory research and photography to uncover the hidden narratives of women's everyday lives. With research experiences in Europe, Africa, and the US, Laurian draws on collaborative and community-based methods to examine migration, social exclusion, and the global economy. Laurian is co-founder and collaborator at Envision Imprint, a blog that engages the intersections of art, anthropology, and activism. She is also an editor for the Association for Black Anthropologists. An Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Davidson College, Laurian teaches courses on decolonization and research methods, feminist ethnography, affect and popular culture in Africa and the Diaspora. She earned a PhD in Anthropology from Temple University in 2011, an MA in Anthropology of Media at the University of London in 2001 and BAs in Journalism and African and African American Studies at Penn State. Her most recent publication is Doing the Snap: Storytelling and Participatory Photography with Women Porters in Ghana.


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Siobhan Curran, MS, LLM

Research Consultant

Siobhan Curran has worked in NGOs in the areas of women’s rights, tackling racism and promoting equality for 13 years, with a particular focus on policy development and participatory community engagement. She is currently the Roma Project Manager with Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre, Ireland – an organisation working for the full realisation of Traveller and Roma rights. Her work focuses on strategic advocacy, policy development, participatory research and community engagement with the Roma community in Ireland. She has recently managed a participatory project to train Roma researchers to conduct a national needs assessment of Roma in Ireland; conducted within an equality and human rights framework, in collaboration with the Department of Justice and Equality in Ireland. She previously worked as a campaigner for Amnesty International Ireland, focusing on gender based violence and the implementation of UN Security Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security. She has an LLM in Human Rights Law and Transitional Justice from the University of Ulster and a Masters in Social Policy from University College Dublin. She has recently published articles on intersectionality and Roma inclusion, the coercive sterilisation of Romani women, and the gendered impacts of structural reforms in health systems in Belize. She is a feminist activist and has been active in campaigning for LGBTQ rights in Ireland.


Rachel Wasilko

Summer Intern

Rachel Wasilko of Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, worked as Ethnologica’s summer intern in 2018 helping with several projects. She is an applied anthropology and Cook Honors College student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania with minors in Global Health and Pan-African Studies. Her research includes an applied study for The Haven Project at IUP to understand the Green Dot Project and its effectiveness reaching student leaders on a college campus. The Green Dot Project aims to promote bystander intervention to reduce incidences of sexual assault on college and high school campuses. Rachel’s honors thesis examines the relationship between stress and well-being among honors college women. She is a Sutton Scholar and has received two achievement fund scholarships to study abroad from the Cook Honors College. She presented Academic Stress and Female College Students: Perception of the Relationship between Stress and Well-being at the Society for Applied Anthropology in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Academic Stress and Female College Students: Perceptions of Expectations and Stress at the PASSHE Anthropology Conference at IUP in 2017. She plans to attend graduate school for a PhD in anthropology, specializing in medical anthropology.



Co-founder & Director of Community Research

Beth Uzwiak is a medical anthropologist, artist and cultural activist. Trained as a trauma counselor, her work is grounded in a deep commitment to community engagement with the goal of opening collaborative spaces through qualitative and arts-based methods.  A former Woodrow Wilson Fellow, her research has focused on structural inequalities in healthcare, equitable development, social movements and the realization of human rights. As Director of Community Research, she oversees a diverse portfolio of clients with an emphasis on socially engaged art and exhibition projects including work with Fairmount Park Conservancy, Amber Art & Design and the Mutter Museum. She collaborates with clients to improve social programs, grow capacity and reflection, and develop points of civic engagement. Beth has previously worked as an urban ethnographer and community organizer with Mural Arts Project and Cohabitation Strategies, a human rights researcher at MADRE, and an advocate with women and families surviving violence, incarceration and homelessness.  She has held full-time faculty appointments at Bryn Mawr College and American University, teaching classes on visual and applied research methods, social movements, racial justice, global human rights, Indigenous media production and other topics.  She is a painter, printer and book-maker and has exhibited art in numerous places including Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center and Woman Made Gallery. Recent publications include an analysis of health disparities in western Belize in Medical Anthropology Quarterly, a reflection of how ethnography can best contribute to large-scaled socially engaged art projects in Anthropology Now and an exploration of violence and intimacy in urban street photography in Photography and Culture.  


Alex Otieno, MPH

Research Consultant

Alex Otieno studied history and archaeology at the University of Nairobi, where he focused on cultural resource/heritage management and the politics of the past. His graduate work at Temple University focused on health and human rights, international communication of human rights and development. He has led and/or been part of several teaching and learning engagements involving the East African Community in Arusha, Tanzania. He worked in not-for-profits dealing with HIV/AIDS in Philadelphia during the late 1990s and early 2000s and has taught sociology, and peace and conflict resolution at Arcadia University for over ten years.  Alex’s current research explores questions about the intersections of governance and human security, the history and political economy of human rights practice in Africa, and critical and transformative pedagogy about Africa and service learning. His recent published work explores peace-building and conflict, gender-mainstreaming, violence against women, HIV/AIDS and development, and the role of communities of practice in changing discourses on refugees. Alex speaks Kiswahili and Dholuo.



Research Consultant

Jim Robinson’s research interests stem from his background in harm reduction and antiracist activism. His early involvement in infectious disease and community activism began while assisting with the development of the syringe exchange program Prevention Point Pittsburgh.  From there his work expanded into HIV community activism with his involvement with ACT UP Philadelphia and the Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project. He has a Masters of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Public Health from Drexel University, and worked as an HIV social worker and coordinator for the Community Advisory Board at The Partnership Comprehensive Care Practice for several years.  He continues to do work and research within the field of HIV, with an interest in infectious disease, community-based participatory research and epidemiology.   Jim most recently worked as Research Manager at the Drexel University Division of Infectious Disease and the Temple University Center for Translational AIDS Research.

Grace Cooper

Research Consultant

Grace earned her bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and anthropology from Eastern Washington University where she began her career as a researcher, and is currently pursuing a PhD in anthropology at Temple University. In 2012, she conducted and published an ethnographic study of language use among bilingual Spanish-English speakers in the Pacific North West through the TRiO Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program. In 2013, as a National Science Foundation intern she collaborated and presented on research in the department of anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. During this time Grace worked with Smithsonian ethnographers on an urban anthropology project documenting the material culture and practices of cell phone repair. In 2015, Grace worked as a research assistant in the Emergency Medicine Department at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital to better understand patient and provider experiences with telehealth or telemedicine. Her current dissertation research takes a linguistic anthropology approach to investigate the lived intersections of immigration processes and health care policies in the U.S. for patients who are uninsured and/or uninsurable. Grace currently works at Temple University as an instructor of record in anthropology and is a graduate research assistant at the Institute on Disabilities, Pennsylvania's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education.