Sarah S. Willen, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Anthropology (Affiliate)


Research Overview

1) My research interests include:
a) unauthorized/irregular migration, especially the impact of precarious migration status on access to the social determinants of health,
b) pedagogical efforts to train U.S. health care professionals in “cultural competence” and “human rights,” and
c) “right to health” claims and discourses in the United States.
2) I am currently beginning a new collaborative, multidisciplinary study of the impact of long-term stays to unregulated “pirate babysitters” in South Tel Aviv, Israel, on the health and development of children born in Israel to parents with precarious migration status.
3) See faculty page (http://anthropology.uconn.edu/core-faculty/sarah-willen/)
4) I am currently Director of the Research Program on Global Health and Human Rights at UConn’s Human Rights Institute.

Education

2008-2009 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Global Health & Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School.

2006-2008 NIMH Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Global Health & Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School.

2006 PhD in Anthropology – Emory University.

2006 Master of Public Health (MPH), Global Health concentration – Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.

1996 Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude with honors. Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). Majors: English and Religion; Minors: Anthropology and Women’s Studies.

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Emailsarah.willen@uconn.edu
Phone860.486.0076
Mailing AddressDepartment of Anthropology
354 Mansfield Road, Unit 1176
Storrs, CT 06269-1176