Julie S. Armin

About Julie S. Armin

Julie is a medical anthropologist with an interest in social inequality and health. She is currently writing her dissertation, which examines the contours of inequality among medically marginalized women living with breast cancer. She interrogates practices that distribute the burden of disease according to categories such as documented/undocumented and insured/uninsured. Grounding her analysis in women's lived experiences, she highlights how health care is rationed through bureaucratic processes of eligibility for Medicaid or charity care. Julie's dissertation co-chairs are Susan Shaw PhD and Mark Nichter PhD MPH.

Selected Publications

Armin, Julie, Cristina Huebner Torres, Jim Vivian, Cunegundo Vergara, Susan J. Shaw

2013   Breast self-examination beliefs and practices, ethnicity, and health literacy: Implications for health  education to reduce disparities. Health Education Journal. [online first]


Orzech, Kathryn, Cristina Huebner Torres, Julie Armin, James Vivian, Susan J. Shaw

2013   Diet and exercise adherence and practices among medically underserved patients with chronic disease: variation across four ethnic groups. Health Education & Behavior 40(1) 56–66


Shaw, Susan and Julie Armin.

2011   The Ethical Self-Fashioning of Physicians and Health Care Systems in Culturally Appropriate Health Care. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry 35( 2): 236-261.


Armin, Julie and Robin Reineke

2010   Expanding Vulnerability: Health Care, Well-Being, and Arizona’s Immigration Policies. ACCESS DENIED: A conversation on unauthorized im/migration and health, http://bit.ly/1aDecXi

Courses Taught

Instructor of Record

ANTH395B: Anthropology of Food

ANTH/CPH/GWS 438B, Women’s Health in a Global Perspective

Teaching Assistant (w/discussion section)

ANTH150: Race, Ethnicity and the American Dream; ANTH150: The Many Ways of Being Human

ANTH314 Race & Language



Project Coordinator, University of Arizona’s Family and Community Medicine research project, “Developing a mobile app to increase adherence to varenicline.” NIH/NCI funded, PI: Judith Gordon, PhD (July 2012-present)

Co-PI (with advisor), Dissertation Fieldwork, National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant (July 2010-September 2012) & Social & Behavioral Sciences Research Institute Dissertation Research Grant (Spring 2011)

Qualitative Data Manager, University of Arizona School of Anthropology research project, “The impact of cultural differences on health literacy and chronic disease outcomes.” NIH/NCI funded, PI: Susan Shaw (Jan 2007-August 2010)

Research Interests

Cancer, chronic disease, and disparities in health care; public policy and health; gender and social inequality; health and mobile technology; biomedical expertise

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Contact Information

Office: Haury 124P


2006--MA Anthropology, San Francisco State University
1993--AB English, University of California at Berkeley