Rebecca Bedwell

About Rebecca Bedwell

I am a PhD-track graduate student in sociocultural anthropology, with a concentration in medical anthropology. I received my BA in Anthropology and Spanish from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2014. My research interests include medical anthropology, feminist anthropology, minority health, undocumented immigrants, illness narratives, structural inequality, health disparities, public policy, and gender. I am currently working on my MA project, which focuses on experiences of type 2 diabetes among Mexican immigrants living in Tucson. I am investigating how structural inequality, specifically experiences of immigration-related stress, manifest in embodied experiences of diabetes onset or worsening of symptoms.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow 2017 - 2022

Selected Publications

Published Papers

Bedwell, Rebecca, Hilde Spielvogel, Diva Bellido, and Virginia Vitzthum. 2017. "Factors Influencing the Use of Biomedical Health Care by Rural Bolivian Anemic Women: Structural Barriers, Reproductive Status, Gender Roles, & Concepts of Anemia." PLOS ONE 12 (1): e0170475. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0170475.

Bedwell, Rebecca. 2017. "The Impact of Federal Breastfeeding Policy Initiatives on Women's Breastfeeding Practices and Attitudes in Southern Indiana." Journal of Poverty, DOI: 10.1080/10875549.2017.1348423.

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BA (2014) Anthropology and Spanish, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN-USA

MA (in progress) Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ-USA