Emily Anne McDonald

Emily Anne McDonald

Emily Anne McDonald
Assistant Professor


2011 PhD Rutgers University, Anthropology

Dissertation: Risky Embodiments: Momentum and Transnational Medical Travel in the Paris of South America

2002 B.A. Connecticut College, New London CT 



Emily Anne McDonald is a cultural anthropologist interested in embodiment, the politics of health and everyday experiences of risk. She finished her PhD at Rutgers University in 2011, her thesis addressing the emerging market in medical tourism/travel in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her work was based on fifteen months of Fulbright and National Science Foundation-funded ethnographic research with patients, doctors, nurses, hospital administrators and government officials. After a year spent as a Postdoctoral Lecturer at the Princeton University Writing Program, she moved west to the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education of the University of California, San Francisco where she spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow conducting ethnographic and qualitative research on  electronic cigarettes and young adult smoking in New York City. Emily arrives at John Jay with a prestigious National Cancer Institute/NIH young investigator pilot grant to study marijuana and electronic cigarettes in the newly legalized context of Colorado.