About Ali

Professional Profile:

Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland and an experienced qualitative researcher in West Africa. Expertise in gender and health, religion and bioethics, globalization and global health, stigma and human suffering, reproductive health and health disparities, and development and humanitarianism. Accomplished grant-writer, ethnographer, qualitative data analyst, team-leader, photographer, and ethnographic filmmaker. Extensive practice in course development, active learning pedagogies, and experiential education.

Highlights:

Education:

PH.D. Cultural Anthropology
focus on medical anthropology and reproductive health
Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri, August 2015
Dissertation: “Interrogating the Superlative Sufferer: Experiencing Obstetric Fistula and Treatment Seeking in Niger”
M.A.Cultural Anthropology

focus on medical anthropology and reproductive health
Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri, 2011

Large Grants & Fellowships:

•University of Maryland Division of Research Tier 1 Faculty Grant 2018-2019
• School for Advanced Research Campbell Fellowship for Transformative Research on Women in the Developing World. 2016- 2017
• Mr. & Mrs. Spencer T. Olin Fellowship for Women, Washington University in St. Louis. 2009-2015
•PEO International, Dissertation Completion Fellowship. 2014-2015
• National Science Foundation, Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant. 2013-2014
• Fulbright Hays, Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship. 2013-2014
• Wenner-Gren, Dissertation Fieldwork Grand & Osmundesen Initiative Grant. 2013-2014

CV:

Ali Heller’s CV

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