Emma Backe

Emma Louise Backe

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PhD in Anthropology, Concentration in Medical Anthropology. 

Year of Entry: 2018

Advisor: Ilana Feldman

Research: conceptualizing coeval phenomena of gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS crisis and chronicity in South Africa; mental health and trauma among survivor communities; body-mapping, art therapy and alternative modalities of care and recovery under conditions of structural, symbolic and sexual violence


M.A. (Anthropology) 2017, George Washington University

Certificate (Global Gender Policy) 2017, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University

B.A. (Anthropology and English) 2013, Vassar College


Articles and Presentations

“Book Review—Jailcare: Finding the Safety Net Behind Bars.” (2018). Anthropology Quarterly.

“A Crisis of Care: The Politics and Therapeutics of a Rape Crisis Hotline.” (2018). Medical Anthropology Quarterly.

"Visions of Care in a Time of Medical Multiplicity--Review of Medicine in the Meantime: The Work of Care in Mozambique." (2018). Anthropology Book Forum.

“Networked Connections, Gendered Violence: A Literature Review of Cyberviolence.” (2018). Violence and Gender.

"The Aesthetics of Deformity and the Construction of the 'Freak'." (2013). The Journal of the National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA).