She trained in the classic “four fields” approach
to anthropology but specialized in the areas of biomedical and demographic
anthropology and southern Africa. The focus of her doctoral work
was the maternal-child health effects of urbanization among rural
and urban pregnant adolescents in KwaZulu/Natal Province, South Africa.
While working on her PhD she lectured anthropology
at the (then) University of Natal in Durban, South Africa. After
finishing her PhD she completed a Mellon Foundation post-doctoral
fellowship at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population
Health at Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.
She has lived and worked in South Africa for much
of the last 10 years, most recently as a chief research specialist
at the Human Sciences Research Council. She also has experience in
grant-making and philanthropy through her work as a programme officer
at the MacArthur Foundation, USA.
She has published a number of articles and book
chapters on her work in sexual and reproductive health. Several of
these papers can be downloaded [here]