UNLV Anthropology PhD student Kristen Herlosky Receives Wenner-Gren Grant

Kristen Herlosky: she can climb mountains, really high mountains, in her PhD research quest.

Apr. 12, 2021

Congratulations to UNLV Anthropology PhD student, Kristen Herlosky, for receiving a Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropology Research Grant. Here, Ms. Herlosky shares some background and what this external funding will help her pursue in her continuing PhD work.

I am a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology. I completed my undergraduate and master’s degree here at UNLV where I fell in love with the field of reproductive health. My research interests coalesce around the overmedicalization of birth and how models of care and policy initiatives influence the decision-making process regarding prenatal health, childbirth, and postpartum practices. Both my master’s and doctoral projects have taken place in Tanzania, East Africa. My work examines birth experience and shifting beliefs and practices among Hadza, Indigenous foragers in Northern Tanzania. Recent changes in market integration and national health policy initiatives appear to be impacting reproductive beliefs, practices and birthing experiences in this rural community - although the extent of these changes remains to be determined. I was recently awarded a Wenner-Gren Dissertation grant to examine these changes, titled “Maternal health in the context of social, political, and economic change among transitioning Hadza foragers of Tanzania.” This project is also unique because it is a community-based research endeavor, and Hadzabe mothers will be involved in the return of the results from my master’s work and designing the interview aims for the dissertation project.