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Graduate Discourse is proud to announce the anticipated summer publication of a new issue of Graduate Discourse: The Case Western Reserve University Journal of Medical Anthropology. The journal will begin accepting new submissions in the fall.


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Marisa Abbe

Marisa Abbe recently accepted a position as Research Scientist in the Trauma and Injury Prevention Department at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Children’s Medical Center is the seventh largest pediatric hospital in the nation and is a Level 1 Trauma Center. Marisa’s research works to both understand the mechanisms of injury that lead children to the hospital as well as contribute to interventions aimed at community injury prevention. She also continues to teach in the Anthropology Department at the University of North Texas.


Rachel Irwin


After receiving a B.A. in Anthropology from CWRU in 2004, Rachel Irwin earned an M.A. in Medical Anthropology at Oxford University, followed by an M.A. in International Health Policy from the London School of Economics and finally a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  She studied the rituals and symbols of policy-making at the World Health Organization for her dissertation research.  She is currently working as a researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.  For more information on Rachel’s life since graduating, see a recent article in AlumNews at:




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