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Dr Jennie Gamlin
Institute of Global Health
30 Guilford St
Tel: 02079052122
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  • Associate Professor
  • Institute for Global Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

I joined UCL in 2004 as a research assistant on the Children in Difficult Circumstances research programme. In 2013 I completed a PhD in Anthropology and Global Health and held a Wellcome Trust Society and Ethics Fellowship from 2014-2018, researching Structural Violence and Maternal health with Mexican indigenous populations. I began a Wellcome Trust University Award for the project “Gender, health and the afterlife of colonialism: Engaging new problematisations to improve maternal and infant survival” in 2019 for which I will collaborate with UCL History, CIESAS Occidente (Mexico) and coloniality and feminist scholars in the US, Canada and the UK. I am deputy director of the IGH Centre for Gender and Global Health and run the Gender and Global Health seminar series. I also collaborate closely with UCL Anthropology,  and the UCL Latin America network. 

Research Summary

I am a Critical Medical Anthropologist working within the field of Global Health, broadly on the themes of gender, indigeneity, coloniality and the political economy of health and wellbeing. My research has centred around indigenous and marginalised populations in Mexico and Latin America.

I began my research career studying the health impacts of child work, focusing first on child labour in agriculture and later the psychosocial effects of child domestic work.  My PhD was an ethnography of indigenous Wixárika migrant labourers working on tobacco plantations in northwest Mexico, and I explored how men and women understood the effects of pesticides on their reproductive health. I followed this up with a Wellcome Trust funded post-doctoral study of the structural determinants of maternal health among Wixárika communities, analysing how structural violence operates through gender, racism, social and economic inequalities and political marginalisation to make indigenous people more vulnerable to illness and mortality. 

My current research focus is on the historicity of health inequities and the coloniality of gender as structural determinants of health. I use the political economy of gender lens to understand violence in Latin America and the concept of the “Afterlife of Colonialism” to explore and explain maternal and infant health with indigenous communities.

 I work closely with Critical Medical Anthropologists in UCL and Latin America,  and coordinate the book series “Medical Anthropology and Embodying Inequalities” (with Sahra Gibbon, UCL Anthropology).

Teaching Summary

I lead MSc modules on Gender and Global Health and Anthropology of Global Health. 

I have previously taught Global Health and Development, Qualitative Research Methods and contributed to teaching on many of the core modules that form part of the MSc in Global Health and Development. I have taught for the UCL Department of Anthropology on Critical Medical Anthropology as well as an optional module on Maternal Health and Risk.

I have also taught at the University of East London, the University of Liverpool's Master's in Public Health, LSHTM's Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Health, Copenhagen University doctoral programme in Global Health, CIESAS Anthropology Research Institute in Mexico and the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico City.

Academic Background
2013   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
2004   Master of Science London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
2000   Masters Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM)
1994   Bachelor of Science (Honours) University of Central Lancashire
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