Re: Author disputes Cuban healthcare `myths'



Dan Christensen wrote:
On Jan 14, 7:24 am, PL <P...@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On 14 jan, 06:39, Dan Christensen <dch...@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

On Jan 13, 3:14 pm, PL <pl.nos...@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
CUBA
Author disputes Cuban healthcare `myths'
The author of a new book will speak Thursday at the University of Miami
about problems in the Cuban healthcare system.
BY JOHN DORSCHNER
jdorsch...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
(snip)
Now an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of
Oklahoma, Hirschfeld says living with a family in Santiago while doing
her research made a big difference in her viewpoint.
Anthropology? How about something from a medical expert for once????
an expert on Cuba, Dan.
look at her CV

[snip]

Already debunked here: She is no medical expert.(snip)

Snipping that facts doesn't change them and certainly doesn't "debunk" them.

her CV shows detailed and intimate knowledge of the Cuban medical system.
She studied it "on the ground".
Lots of peer review articles on the matter.

Katherine Hirschfeld

Curriculum Vitae


Department of Anthropology

University of Oklahoma

455 West Lindsey

Norman, Oklahoma 73019

405 325-7462

mkcrabb@xxxxxx



Current Position Assistant Professor

(2002-present) Department of Anthropology

University of Oklahoma



Previous Position Visiting Assistant Professor

(2000-2002) Department of Anthropology

Agnes Scott College

Atlanta, Georgia


Research Interests Medical anthropology, political economy of health,
post-socialism, organized crime, public health, and infectious
disease. Area specialization in 20th century Latin America and the
Hispanic Caribbean.



Education Emory University

PhD Anthropology 2001



Dissertation: "Socialism, Health and Medicine in Cuba: A
Critical Reanalysis."


Dissertation Advisor: Peter J. Brown (chair)


Emory University

MA Anthropology 1996


University of Massachusetts, Amherst

BA Anthropology, 1991


Grants and Awards

Research Fellow, Pan-American Development Foundation, December 2006

University of Oklahoma Junior Faculty Research Grant, summer 2006

University of Oklahoma Faculty Senate Research Award, spring 2005

University of Oklahoma Junior Faculty Summer Research Fellowship,
summer 2003

Emory University Marjorie Shostak Award for Ethnographic Writing, 2001

Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Dissertation
Research Grant, 1997

Atlanta, Massey Foundation Award for Research in Improving Health Care
Delivery, 1996

Association of Women in Science Award, 1994

Emory University Graduate Fellowship, 1993-1999

University of Kentucky, Mellon Foundation Grant for Predoctoral
Research, 1994

University of Kentucky, University Fellowship, 1991-1992

Winner, 1991 Northeastern Anthropological Association Graduate Student
Paper Competition (as an undergraduate) 1991


PUBLICATIONS


Books

2007

Health, Politics and Revolution in Cuba since 1898. New Brunswick:
Transaction Press.


Peer-Reviewed Articles

2007

Reexamining the Cuban Health Care System: Toward a Qualitative
Critique. Under review, Cuban Affairs.


2005

The Psychology of Political Dissent in Revolutionary Cuba: A
Comparative Analysis. Mind and Human Interaction, 14(2):89-109.


1992

Epidemic of Pride: Pellagra and the Culture of the American South.
Anthropologica 34, pp. 89-103.


Papers in Progress

Show Trials and the Ritual Purification of Hypermodernity in the
USSR. Invited contribution, Wenner-Gren International Symposium on
Ritual Communication. To be published by Berg Press, 2009.


'Speaking Chinese' in the Special Period: Cold War Rhetoric, Economic
Recentralization and Popular Resistance in Cuba. To be presented at
the Havinghurst Center Conference on Culture, Politics and Memory of
the Cold War. October 2007.


The Political Economy of Typhoid Fever in Cuba from 1925 to 1952. For
submission to Social Science and Medicine.


Hypermodernity and the Optimization of Mankind: The Totalitarian
Paradigm and Theory in Anthropology. For submission to Philosophy of
the Social Sciences.


Book Chapters

2007

Sociolismo and the Underground Clinic: The Informal Economy and
Health Services in Cuba. In, Cuba in Transition, Jorge Perez-Lopez,
ed. Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy.


The Psychology of Dissent in Revolutionary Cuba: A Comparative
Analysis. To be reprinted in the 12th Edition of Cuban Communism,
Irving Louis Horowitz and Jaime Suchlicki, eds.


Inequality and Health in Contemporary Cuba: Late Socialism and
Emerging Infectious Disease. To be included in Rethinking
Inequalities and Differences in Medicine. Matthew Ramsey and Larry
Churchill, eds. Under Review, McGraw-Hill.


2001

The Political Economy of Caudillismo: An Anthropological Critique of
Recent Economic Reforms in Cuba. In Cuban Communism, 10th Edition,
Irving Louis Horowitz and Jaime Suchlicki, eds. New Brunswick:
Transaction Press, pp. 160-181.


Book Reviews

2007

Review of Contemporary Caribbean Cultures and Societies in a Global
Context (2005) Franklin Knight and Teresita Martínez-Vergne, eds.
Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. Cuban Affairs.


2005

Review of Armus, Diego (2003) Disease in the History of Modern Latin
American: From Malaria to AIDS. Durham: Duke University Press. The
Latin Americanist, 48(2): 101-103.


Other Papers

2002

Key Issues Regarding the Cuban Health Care System. Briefing paper
prepared for Jimmy Carter and The Carter Center, Atlanta, Georgia.


Treatment Guide for Substance Abuse Providers in Georgia. Sections on
Hispanic and Post-Soviet Immigrant treatment issues (with Rebecca
Peters) for Behavioral Research Consulting, Inc. Under the direction
of Dr. Fred Marsteller.



Scholarly Presentations

A Tale of Two Epidemics: Cuba's 1997 Dengue Fever Outbreak in
Scholarly Discourse and Dissident Narratives. Presented at the
Society for Medical Anthropology Meetings, Tampa, Florida March 2007.


Sociolismo and the Informal Economy in Health Services in Cuba.
Presented at the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy.
Miami, Florida August 2006.


Health Trends in Post-Soviet Cuba: Privatization, Inequality and
Emerging Infectious Disease. Presented at the Society for Medical
Anthropology, Vancouver, Canada. May 2006.


Inequality and Health in Contemporary Cuba: Late Socialism and
Emerging Infectious Disease. Presented at Rethinking Inequalities and
Differences in Medicine, Vanderbilt University, April 2005.


Health, Propaganda and the Infectious Other: A Critical Reading of
Biowarfare Allegations between the United States and Cuba. Presented
at the 102nd annual meeting of the American Anthropological
Association, Chicago, Illinois, November 2003.


Utopianism, Anxiety and Erasure: The Psychology of Political Dissent
in Revolutionary Cuba. 8th Biennial Meeting of the Society for
Psychological Anthropology, San Diego, California, April 2003.


Medicine and Social Change: Deconstructing the Socialist Ideal.
Presented at the 100th annual Meeting of the American Anthropological
Association, November 27, 2001. Washington, D.C.


Socialism and Health Transition in Cuba: A Critical Reanalysis.
Presented at the 11th annual meeting of the Association of the Study
for the Cuban Economy, August 2-4, 2001. Coral Gables, Florida.


The Politics of Vice: State-Building, Organized Crime and Political
Process in Early Republican Cuba. Paper presented at the second
annual Cuban Research Institute Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American
Studies, Florida International University, March, 1999.


Politics and Public Health in Early Republican Cuba. Paper presented
at the Latin American Studies Association, 1998. Chicago, Illinois.


Tierra Brava: Kinship, Power and Cultural Fantasy in a Cuban
Telenovella. Presented at the American Anthropological Association,
1998. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Politics and the Culture of Work in the Dual Cuban Economy: An
Anthropological Analysis. Presented at the 8th annual meeting of the
Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy, August 6-8, 1998.
Coral Gables, Florida.


Invited Lectures

Organized Crime and Health Declines in Post-Soviet Russia: A
Potential Problem for Cuba's Transition? Presented at the United
States Agency for International Development, December 2006.


Health Trends in the Gangster-State: A Social History of Typhoid in
Cuba, 1920-1933. University of Oklahoma History of Science
Colloquium. November 2005.


Health Trends in the Gangster-State, A Social History of Typhoid in
Cuba, 1920-1933. University of Oklahoma Department of Anthropology.
February 2005.


Political Corruption, Instability and Organized Crime in 20th Century
Cuba: Toward an Alternative Model of Underdevelopment. University of
Denver School of International Studies. February 2004


Everyday Life in Cuba: An Ethnographic Portrait. Missouri Southern
University, Cuba Semester, Invited Lecture. October 2003.


Dengue, 1997: Case Study of a Cuban Epidemic. Missouri Southern
University, Cuba Semester Invited Lecture. October 2003.


Post-Socialism and Organized Crime: A Potential Problem for Cuba's
Eventual Transition? Missouri Southern University, Cuba Semester.
October 2003.


Everyday Life in Contemporary Cuba. University of Oklahoma Mornings
with the Professor Program. April, 2003.


Recent Economic Reforms in Cuba: An Anthropological Critique.
University of Oklahoma International Programs Brown Bag Lunch Series.
October, 2002.


On Ethnographic Writing. Writing Center, Agnes Scott College.
Atlanta, Georgia. September 2001.


Anthropological Fieldwork in Cuba: Issues and Ethical Dilemmas.
Institute for Comparative and International Studies. Emory
University, Atlanta, Georgia. November, 2002.


Informal Economies and Civil Society: Issues for Cuba's Post-
Communist Transition. Presented at the Institute for Cuban Studies,
Miami, Florida. June, 2000.


The Plague of Empire: U.S. Intervention, Yellow Fever and Caudillismo
in Early Republican Cuba. Presented to the History of Medicine Reading
Group, Center for the Study of Health, Culture and Society, Emory
University. January, 1999.


Teaching


Undergraduate Courses

Medical Anthropology, Introduction to Biological Anthropology,
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Cultures of Latin America,
Peoples of the World, Plagues and Peoples, Gender and Health,
Anthropology Capstone


Graduate Courses

Medicine and Society, Comparative Health Systems


Ethnographic Field Research


1996-1998 Havana and Santiago, Cuba, PhD dissertation research


1995 Havana and Santiago, Cuba, pilot study


1994 Otavalo and Puyo, Ecuador, pilot study


1993 Otavalo, Ecuador MA research


1993 Rio, Brazil Language training


1990 Napo, Ecuador summer program in rainforest ecology and
ethnobotany.


Archival Research


2006 University of South Florida Special Collections, and Ybor City
Historical Society.

--research on immigration and ethnicity in Ybor City, Florida.


2005 National Archives, Washington, DC

--research on organized crime and corruption of the Cuban public
health sector in the 1920s and 1930s


2005 National Archives at Ft. Worth, Texas and Washington, DC

--research on informal economy in 20th century Cuba


2004 Summer research, National Archives at College Park, Maryland

--research on Cuba's 20th century health history


2003 Summer research, National Archives at College Park, Maryland

--research on Cuba's 20th century health history


2003 Summer research, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

--research on Cuba's 20th century health history


2001 Summer research, University of Miami

--research on Cuba's 20th century health history


Other Research


2002-2003 Investigator, Community Study of Genetics Research.
University of Oklahoma, department of anthropology.


2001-2002 Atlanta, Research Consultant, Behavioral Research
Consulting.

--Assisted in ethnographic research on ethnic minorities and substance
abuse in Georgia.


1998 CARE International, summer intern.

--Prepared a CARE technical information packet on recent
anthropological and social science research on HIV transmission in the
developing world.


1992 University of Kentucky, research assistant, Department of
Behavioral Science.


Professional Associations

American Anthropological Association, Latin American Studies
Association, Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy, Society
for the Study of Psychological Anthropology, Society for Medical
Anthropology


Professional Service

Reviewer, The Latin Americanist

Reviewer, McGraw Hill Textbooks

Reviewer, Journal of Radical Studies

Reviewer, Medical Anthropology Quarterly

Reviewer, Cuban Affairs


University Service

University Academic Misconduct Committee, fall 2005-present

Fulbright Advisor, 2006-present

University Speaker Service, fall 2005-present

Member, Review Committee for Medical School Applications, 2005-
present

Member, Review Committee for College of Arts and Sciences G.W. and
Vera Dobbs Pullin and Charles and Janice Drake Scholarship, 2005-
present

Member, Dean's committee for designing a new major in Social Sciences
and Health Care Studies, University of Oklahoma spring 2003

Faculty Advisor, University of Oklahoma Improvisational Comedy Club.
2002-2005.


Departmental Service

Undergraduate Advisor 2006-present

Anthropology department liaison, Writing Across the Curriculum
2005-2006


Photography Exhibits

City on the Edge of Forever: Havana 1998 University of Denver School
of International Studies, February 2004

City on the Edge of Forever: Havana 1998 Missouri Southern
University, Cuba Semester, Fall 2003.

City on the Edge of Forever: Havana, 1998. Mercer University,
Atlanta, Georgia. January 2001.

City on the Edge of Forever: Havana, 1998. Schatten Gallery, Woodruff
Library. Emory University, January 1999.

PL
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