IHP Health and Community: Globalization, Culture, and Care (Fall)

Faculty and Staff

The faculty/staff team shown on this page is a sample of the individuals who may lead your specific program. Faculty and coordinators are subject to change to accommodate each program’s unique schedule and locations.

Program Director
SherriLynn Colby-Bottel
Country Coordinators & Facilitators
Abid Siraj Glenda da la Fuente
Rose Blake
Traveling Faculty
Moriah McSharry McGrath Megan Wainwright
Trustees Fellow
Katie Temes

SherriLynn Colby-Bottel

SherriLynn Colby-Bottel, PhD
Program Director
SherriLynn Colby-Bottel received her doctorate in cultural anthropology from the University of Virginia in 2012. She also completed a BA in anthropology (1998) and an MA in music (2001), with distinction. From 2005 to 2012, SherriLynn conducted ethnographic research in New Orleans, Louisiana, on disaster recovery, nonprofits, urban traditions, and community-based social activities. Her extensive research drew together issues of globalization and race and health disparities. She also examined how environment, structural inequity, and local policy act as determinants of community well-being. Her research was supported by the National Science Foundation and the University of Virginia Faculty Senate Fellowship award for scholarly achievement and excellence in teaching. SherriLynn is passionate about learning, as well as teaching. Her intellectual interests rest at the nexus of holistic community well-being, ethnography, and ethical considerations of representation. She is currently drafting her research into a book.
 
SherriLynn has been with SIT since 2011; she has coordinated programs for both the Health and the Cities programs. She has worked in higher education for more than a dozen years as both teacher and administrator at California State University, Fresno; the University of New Orleans; and the University of Virginia.

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Abid Siraj

Abid Siraj
Country Coordinator, India

Abid has been working with SIT Study Abroad as an academic coordinator for the India: Health and Human Rights program since January 2011. He holds a master's degree in social work, with a specialization in reproductive and child health. Abid has over 12 years of experience in the public health field in India. Previously, he worked for a USAID-funded project on the role of local self-government in the promotion of reproductive and child health. He also served as project coordinator of the USAID-funded Community-Based Distribution Project of Family Planning Methods. He was part of a pioneering team that implemented a flagship public health program for the government of India's National Rural Health Mission in Rajasthan. Abid was also involved with one of UNICEF's largest communication and social mobilization initiatives, the intensive immunization of pulse polio in Uttar Pradesh. He was a visiting faculty for SIT Study Abroad before joining SIT full-time in India.

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Rose Blake

Rose Blake
Country Coordinator, South Africa
Rose Blake is currently writing a PhD dissertation in social anthropology. The research for her PhD was conducted in the township of Zwelethemba and focuses on the tensions leading to intergenerational conflict between close female kin (grandmothers, mothers, and granddaughters) around care and domesticity. It focuses in particular on the impacts of HIV/AIDS, the social grant system, and widespread unemployment on these relationships. Rose holds a master’s degree in medical anthropology from the University of Edinburgh and in the past has conducted research into the experiences of children receiving in-patient chemotherapy at a large provincial children’s hospital in South Africa. She has been involved in coordinating the Cape Town portion of spring and fall Health and Community programs since 2010, and she served as program manager for the IHP Health and Community program in 2012–13.

Glenda de la Fuente

Glenda de la Fuente, MA
Country Coordinator, Brazil
Glenda de la Fuente holds a bachelor’s degree in translation and a postgraduate degree from King’s College, University of London, in applied linguistics and English language teaching. She was a professor for and coordinator of the extracurricular English program at the University of Buenos Aires, where she was in charge of teacher training courses. Since 1987, she has been a member of the Humanist Movement, an international volunteer organization engaged in the promotion of equity and human rights worldwide; through this work, she has served as a lecturer and promoter of grassroots groups committed to the principles of nonviolence and nondiscrimination in Argentina, Paraguay, Spain, and Brazil. Born in Argentina, for the last nine years she has lived in São Paulo, where she currently works as a freelance conference interpreter and translator. She also promotes humanist education programs with community-based groups. She has been the country coordinator of the SIT Study Abroad/IHP Cities program since 2008, and since 2010 she has also coordinated the SIT Study Abroad/IHP Health and Community program in São Paulo.

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Moriah McSharry McGrath

Moriah McSharry McGrath
Traveling Faculty
Moriah researches and teaches about cities, health, and social justice. Most recently, she has worked as a research analyst at the Multnomah County Health Department in Portland, Oregon. In this role, she has expanded the department’s work on healthy built environments and helped develop the US practice of health impact assessment. Her dissertation research focused on community conflict and occupational health in the local sex industry. Other areas of expertise include gender, substance use, infectious disease, and housing. Moriah's first international health experience was serving as a health communications advisor for the Peace Corps in Madagascar. Since then, she has had the opportunity to work and learn in Brazil, Guatemala, Ghana, and Uganda. Dr. McGrath holds a PhD in urban studies from Portland State University and master’s degrees in public health (sociomedical sciences) and urban planning from Columbia University. She completed her undergraduate work in feminist and gender studies, with a concentration in gender and science, at Haverford College.

Megan Wainwright

Megan Wainwright
Traveling Faculty
Megan is a medical anthropologist from Quebec, Canada, with a special interest in chronic illness, ethnography, qualitative methods, and creative knowledge translation. She studied anthropology and social studies of medicine for her BA at McGill University, Canada, and received her MSc and PhD in medical anthropology from Durham University, UK, where she was the Van Mildert College Research Scholar from 2009 to 2012. Her PhD research was an ethnography of how COPD is lived with and cared for in Uruguay. By approaching fieldwork as a creative and dynamic endeavor, she investigated the phenomenological experience of health and illness within households and in the political economy of illness and care. Megan was a teaching assistant at Durham University in the School of Medicine, Pharmacy, and Health and has presented her work in seminars and conferences in Canada, the UK, Spain, Brazil, and Uruguay. She has joined World Learning as traveling faculty from a postdoctoral research position in the Centre for Medical Humanities at Durham University.

Katie Temes

Katie Temes
Trustees Fellow
Katie Temes has been working in international development since graduating from Skidmore College in 2010. Katie most recently worked at Partners in Health in Boston, a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening public healthcare systems globally. Prior to working at Partners in Health, Katie lived in Gujarat, India, where she worked with an organization that supports locally elected government leaders to advocate for land and water rights. Katie is most passionate about global women's health and is preparing to apply to nurse-midwifery school. As a student on IHP's Rethinking Globalization program, Katie became committed to the model of experiential learning and has been enriched by this approach to learning every day since. Katie looks forward to the intersection of her interests in global health and global learning while supporting the students of this fall's Health and Community program.

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