Cosminsky, Sheila C.
Ph.D., Brandeis, 1972
Professional Summary/CV [.PDF]
Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Camden; Rutgers
Areas of Interest
Medical anthropology and nutritional anthropology in Guatemala, Belize, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Japan, and currently in southern New Jersey.
Cultural Anthropology, Food and Culture, Health and Healing, Courses on African and Latin American Cultures.
Memberships and Professional Service
American Anthropological Association ‑ Fellow; Society for Medical Anthropology; Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition;
Society for Latin American Anthropology; Society for Applied Anthropology ‑ Fellow; Northeastern Anthropology Association; Association for Feminist Anthropology; Culture and Agriculture; Center for Children and Childhood Studies, Rutgers University, Camden - Associate.
Grants, Honors, and Awards
Grant, Center for Children and Childhood Studies, Rutgers University, 2005-2006; Grant, Rutgers University Research Council, research on nutrition and food security among South Jersey Hispanic migrant farmworkers, 2003-2004; Feasibility Grant, New Jersey Obesity Group, Rutgers University, 2002-2003; Fellowship, RAND Institute for Public Policy, Rutgers University for research risk of obesity, diabetes,and acculturation on children of South Jersey Hispanic migrant farmworkers, 2001-2002.
Academic Interests and Plans
I have been a Fulbright lecturer at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, Department of Medicine, and have conduced research on maternal and child health in Belize, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Guatemala and Japan with grant support from the Kapnek Charitable Trust and the National Institutes of Health. I am currently writing up my field research about midwives and medicalization on a Guatemalan plantation and am co-PI on a pilot study (with Diane Markowitz) for a larger collaborative project on Health of Migrant Children in Southern New Jersey.