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Department ofAnthropology

Veronica Miranda

Veronica Miranda
Veronica Miranda
Assistant Professor

Veronica Miranda is a medical anthropologist whose research examines how individual and community health are shaped by state institutions, structures of inequality, and cultural systems of knowledge. Her work primarily focuses on the political economy of Latina, immigrant, and indigenous women’s reproductive health. Miranda's long-term research is an ethnographic project that has documented changing childbirth practices and access to health resources among Maya women in rural Quintana Roo, Mexico.

Miranda holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology and a graduate certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of Kentucky, a master degree in Education from Chaminade University, and a master degree in Applied Anthropology from San Diego State University. She has received fellowships from Fulbright-COMEXUS and the US Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies Program.

Research Interests

Medical Anthropology, reproductive health, midwifery, traditional knowledge, community health, political economy, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

  • ANTH/PHSC 135: Human Development and Sexuality
  • ANTH 172: Anthropology of Aging
  • ANTH/ENVS 50: World Geography
  • ANTH 12a: Measuring Humanity
  • ANTH 185: Peoples of Latin America
  • PHSC 1: Human Health and Disease

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Lydia Dixon, Mounia El Kotni, Veronica Miranda
2019    “A Tale of Three Midwives: How State Policies Reshape Midwifery Practice in Mexico”. Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology 24(2): 351-369.
Lauren Hunter, Jill Bormann, Wendy Belding, Elisa J. Sobo, Linnea Axman, Brenda K. Reseter, Suzanne M. Hanson, and Veronica Miranda
2011    “Satisfaction and Use of a Spiritually Based Mantram Intervention for Childbirth-related Fears in Couples”. Applied Nursing Research 24: 138-146
Kathryn C. Dowling, Veronica Miranda, and Vanessa E. Galaviz
2008    “Improved Participation for Blood Lead Screening with In-Home Phlebotomy”. The Journal of Primary Prevention 29(4): 323-330

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

2015    “Lingering Discourses of Yucatan’s Past: Political Ecologies of Birth in Rural Yucatan”. In The Maya of the Cochua Region: Archaeological and Ethnographic Perspectives on the Northern Lowlands. Justine Shaw ed. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. Pg 235-256.

Editor Reviewed Publications

2020    Veronica Miranda, Mounia El Kotni, and Lydia Zacher Dixon
“‘Yes, we all count equally!’: Navigating Ethnographic Co-authorship among Junior Scholars”. Member Voices/Fieldsights, Society for Cultural Anthropology. February 6.

2020    Mounia El Kotni, Lydia Z. Dixon, and Veronica Miranda
“Introduction: Co-authorship as feminist writing and practice”. Member Voices/Fieldsights, Society for Cultural Anthropology. February 6.

2016    “Rumors, Threats, and C-sections in Rural Yucatan”. Anthropology News. February.

2015    “When Breastmilk Isn’t Enough”. Council on Anthropology and Reproduction Newsletter 22(1):4-6.

Scholarly Online Publications

2013    Oportunidades: Co-responsibility and the Politics of Health Care in Mexico. Anthropologies: A Collaborative Online Project. Issue 17. 

2012    Motherhood and Internal Migration in Quintana Roo, Mexico. Anthropologies: A Collaborative Online Project. Issue 13.