Department of Anthropology

Faculty ProfileLiz with family in Kacllarraccay, Peru

Elizabeth Cartwright, Ph.D.

Professor

Background

Elizabeth Cartwright is Professor in the Department of Anthropology and in the School of Nursing at Idaho State University. Cartwright is an applied medical anthropologist and a registered nurse. She is the Director of the Hispanic Health Projects and the Latino Studies Program at ISU. Cartwright received her BSN from the University of Arizona in 1989 and her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 1998. Awards from the Inter-American Foundation and from the University of Arizona funded her dissertation research on immigration and health issues among the Amuzgo Indians of Oaxaca, Mexico. Since coming to ISU she has received $1.8 million dollars in grant monies as the PI or the Co-PI on medical anthropology and community based participatory research projects.  She is an instructor for the National Science Foundation, Short Courses on Research Methods and she is the Country Director, Nursing Education, Bolivia, for Health Volunteers Overseas.

In addition to her academic work, Cartwright is co-founder of Crescendos Alliance, Inc. a non-profit organization that works to create innovative solutions to health disparities in Latin America. http://www.crescendosalliance.com/
Her books include, Women's Health: New Frontiers in Advocacy & Social Justice Research. Series name: Case Studies in Medical and Health Science Education, Haworth Medical Press 2007, Cartwright, E. and P. Allotey Eds and Espacios de enfermedad y sanación: Los amuzgos de Oaxaca, entre la Sierra Sur y los campos agrícolas de Sonora. (Spaces of illness and curing: The Amuzgos of Oaxaca between the Sierra Sur and the Agricultural Camps of Sonora) (in Spanish). El Colegio de Sonora Press*, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. 2003. She is widely published in such journals as Medical Anthropology, Culture Medicine and Psychiatry, Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Qualitative Health Research and many edited volumes. 
Professor Cartwright has had professional and consulting appointments with the National Science Foundation, Inter-American Foundation, El Colegio de Sonora, CIESAS-Oaxaca, and the University of Wyoming. She is Adjunct Senior Lecturer (2010-2012) School of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Psychological Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Cartwright is also a cellist with the Idaho State Civic Symphony.


Research Interests

Theoretically, Cartwright’s work focuses on structural vulnerability and health among immigrant and ethnic populations. She is currently working on a research project with Drusilla Gould, Shoshoni tribal member and ISU faculty member, on social justice and healing among the Shoshoni Indians of SE Idaho. She continues her work on migration and health with Mexican immigrant populations.  Her community based, participatory research projects are carried out by integrating community members in all aspects of the research project, from defining the research question to designing the project and gathering data.  Community members are also involved in data analysis, writing up and publishing results and presenting the research projects at professional and community meetings.

Methodologically, Cartwright focuses on systematic ethnographic methodologies that use text-based narratives and visual data.  She is currently putting together a visual research laboratory for data gathering and analysis purposes with the School of Nursing.  At the request of the National Science Foundation, she designed the methods training class for PhD-level scholars entitled, “Systematic Research Methods in Visual Anthropology”.  She teaches this class with her colleague Jerome Crowder, (University of Houston) for the NSF through the Short Course on Research Methods for Cultural Anthropologists program held yearly in Beaufort, North Carolina.


Selected Publications

BOOKS

Cartwright, E. and P. Allotey (eds.) Women's Health: New Frontiers in Advocacy & Social Justice Research. Series name: Case Studies in Medical and Health Science Education, Haworth Medical Press. 2007.

Cartwright, E. Espacios de enfermedad y sanación: Los amuzgos de Oaxaca, entre la Sierra Sur y los campos agrícolas de Sonora. (Spaces of illness and curing: The Amuzgos of Oaxaca between the Sierra Sur and the Agricultural Camps of Sonora) (in Spanish). El Colegio de Sonora Press*, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. 2003.

ARTICLES - Special Journal Issue 

Quesada, J. and E. Cartwright, Editors, Special Article Series in Medical Anthropology on Structural Vulnerability and the Health of Immigrant Populations. . Vol 30 (4, 5) 2011.

Cartwright, E. and L. Manderson, “Diagnosing the Structure:  Immigrant Vulnerabilities in Global  Perspective”, Medical Anthropology, 30(5)L 451-453, 2011.

Whittaker, Andrea and Elizabeth Cartwright.  “Patients Without Borders:  Understanding Medical Travel”, Medical Anthropology, 29(4): 336-343, 2010.

Special Issue of Women and Health—Advocacy, Social Justice and Women’s Health: A Social Science Perspective. Elizabeth Cartwright and Pascale Allotey. Eds. Vol 43(4)2006.

ARTICLES IN REFEREED JOURNALS

Cartwright, E. “Immigrant Dreams:  Legal Pathologies and Structural Vulnerabilities Along the Immigrant Continuum”, Medical Anthropology,  30(5): 475-495, 2011.

Cartwright, E. and L. Manderson, “Diagnosing the Structure:  Immigrant Vulnerabilities in Global  Perspective”, Medical Anthropology, 30(5)L 451-453, 2011.

Whittaker, Andrea and Elizabeth Cartwright.  “Patients Without Borders:  Understanding Medical Travel”, Medical Anthropology, 29(4): 336-343, 2010.

Nelson Tanae S, Ellen Rogo, Linda D. Boyd, and Elizabeth Cartwright The explanatory model of Mexican American mothers' perception of dental decay. (Clinical report): Journal of Dental Hygiene (Digital June 3 2009)

Cartwright, E. "Bodily Remembering: Memory, Place, and Understanding Latino Folk Illnesses among the Amuzgos Indians of Oaxaca, Mexico," Culture Medicine and Psychiatry, 31(4):527-45, 2007.

Cartwright, E. and P. Ållotey, "Participatory Action Research in Advocacy and Social Justice in Women’s Health" Women and Health, 43(4):1-6, 2006.

Cartwright, E. et al, "Community-based participatory research with Hispanic Agricultural Workers in SE Idaho" Women and Health, 43(4):89-109, 2006.

Cartwright, E. "Exchanging Hats: A Gendered Perspective on Teaching Clinical Medical Anthropology", Women and Health, 34(7):23-34, June 2003.

Hunter, A., Hall, T., Hearn, G., Cartwright, E. "The Health Status of Hispanic Migrant Farmworkers in Idaho" Texas Journal of Rural Health, 21(1):50-59, 2003.

Nichter, Mark and E. Cartwright, "Saving the Children for the Tobacco Industry", Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 5(3):236-256, 1991.

REVIEWS IN REFEREED JOURNALS

Cartwright, E. Book review of Chronic Conditions, Fluid States: Chronicity and the Anthropology of Illness New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press. Lenore Manderson and Carolyn Smith-Morris editors, 2010. 336 pp. Submitted to Journal of Qualitative Health Research. October 17, 2010.

Cartwright, E. Book review of Medicine’s Moving Pictures: Medicine, Health, and Bodies in American Film and Television, Leslie Reagan, Nancy Tomes, Paul A. Treichler (Eds.) Rochester, University of Rochester Press, 2007, 343 pp. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 23(4).

Cartwright, E. "Hummingbird" Visual Anthropology Review Spring 2006. Review of documentary film focusing on domestic violence in Brazil by Holly Mosher. 

BOOK CHAPTERS

Cartwright, E. “Natural Gas Extraction, Water Quality and the Internalized Ecology of Fracking” in Cultures of Energy, Sarah Strauss, Stephanie Rupp and Thomas Love, Eds. Pp 201-212 Left Coast Press, 2013.

Cartwright, E., Smith-Rolston, J. and D. Newberry, “Energy Currents:  Global/Local Tensions Over Fossil and Alternative Energies.” In Cultures of Energy, Sarah Strauss, Stephanie Rupp and Thomas Love, Eds. Pp. 256-266 Left Coast Press, 2013.

Cartwright, E. “Learning to Use a New Medical Technology:  Excerpts from a Video-Based Study” in Thinking Visually Jonathan Marion and Jerome Crowder co-authors. P. 69.  Bloomsbury Publishers, London, 2013.

Marion, Jonathan, Crowder, Jerome and E. Cartwright, “Using Video”, in Thinking Visually Jonathan Marion and Jerome Crowder co-authors. Pp. 67-81 Bloomsbury Publishers, London, 2013.

Nichter, Mark and E. Cartwright, "Saving the Children for the Tobacco Industr"” in Understanding and Applying Medical Anthropology, ed. Peter J. Brown and Ron Barrett second edition. Pp. 425-436. McGraw-Hill, 2009.

Cartwright, E. "Crow Component Faunal Analysis" in Medicine Lodge Creek: Holocene Archaeology of the Eastern Big Horn Basin, Wyoming, Volume 1,. edited by George C. Frison and Danny N. Walker. Pp. 283-286. Clovis Press 2007.

Cartwright, E. and P. Ållotey, "Participatory Action Research in Advocacy and Social Justice in Women’s Health" in Women's Health: New Frontiers in Advocacy & Social Justice Research. Series name: Case Studies in Medical and Health Science Education Elizabeth Cartwright and Pascale Allotey. Eds. Haworth Medical Press 2007.

Cartwright, E. et al, "Community-based participatory research with Hispanic Agricultural Workers in SE Idaho" in Women's Health: New Frontiers in Advocacy & Social Justice Research. Series name: Case Studies in Medical and Health Science Education Elizabeth Cartwright and Pascale Allotey. Eds. Haworth Medical Press 2007.

Cartwright, E. G. Salazar, C Castro, "Soy Muy Mujer: Older Mexican Women’s Perceptions of Cervical Uterine Cancer: Hermosillo, Sonora and Tucson, Arizona", Compartiendo Historias de Fronteras: Cuerpos, géneros, generaciones y salud, Ed. By Catalina Denman, Janice Monk, Normal Ojeda. El Colegio de Sonora Press, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, 2004.

Cartwright, E. "Exchanging Hats: A Gendered Perspective on Teaching Clinical Medical Anthropology", in Teaching Gender, Teaching Women’s Health: Case Studies in Medical and Health Science Education, edited by Lenore Manderson, Haworth Medical Press, 2003, 11 pp.

Cartwright, E. "Little Dove: The story of an Amuzgan Indian girl", in Personal Encounters in Anthropology: A Reader in Cultural Anthropology, edited by April Sievert and Linda Wallbridge. pp. 97-101. McGraw Hill Publishers, 2002.

Cartwright, E. "Luchando por la Vida: Diagnosing Coraje and Dispelling the Myth of Silence Among Indigenous Women Farmworkers on La Costa, Hermosillo" in Ed. E. Tunon Pablos, pp. 277-302. Mujeres en las Fronteras: Migración, Trabajo y Salud (Belice, Guatemala, Estados Unidos), Plaza Y Valdés, México, D.F. 2001.

Cartwright, E.and Jan Thomas "Risk, Technology and Malpractice in Maternity Care in the United States, Sweden, Canada and the Netherlands" in Eds. Rayomond DeVries, Edwin van Teijlingen and Sirpa Wrede pp. 218-228. Birth by Design:The Social Shaping of Maternity Care in Northern Europe and North America, Routledge, 2000.

Cartwright, E. "The Logic of Heartbeats: Electronic Fetal Monitoring and Biomedically Constructed Birth", in Cyborg Babies, eds. Robbie Davis-Floyd and Joseph Dumit. pp. 240-254. Routledge, 1998.

Nichter, Mark and E. Cartwright, "Saving the Children for the Tobacco Industry" in Understanding and Applying Medical Anthropology, ed. Peter J. Brown. Pp. 422-433. Mayfield Publishing Company, Mountain View, California, 1998.

TECHNICAL REPORTS AND NON-REFEREED PUBLICATIONS

Cartwright, E. “Recommendations for Nursing Education Needs at the Arco Iris Hospital, La Paz, Bolivia” Submitted September 3, 2012 to Health Volunteers Overseas, Supervisor, April Piner.

Nielsen, J, and E. Cartwright. "Type 2 Diabetes and Hispanics in Southeast Idaho: Mapping Binational Risk" Practicing Anthropology 29(4) 2007.

Bletzer, K. Cartwright, E., Chase, C., Flores, I., and A. Millard. "A Conversation on Ethnography" Proceedings of the 2003-2004 Migrant Farmworker Stream Forums, Annual Issue, pp. 84-90.

Liz Cartwright, Peter Davis, Silvia Herrera, Elizabeth Pedroza, Leticia Pedroza, Heather Schaper, Diana Schow, Angel Trejo. "Assessing Education, Housing and Health Needs of Migrant Workers in the Flathead Valley, Montana" Submitted to Rural Employment and Opportunities, Helena Mt. 8/04.

Cartwright, E, Schow, D, and D. Mitchell, "The Promotora Model of Community-Based, Health Research and Intervention in a Binational Community in SE Idaho: Did We Say Salsa Aerobics Worked?" Anthropology News, Volume 45(5), May 2004.

Cartwright, E. and D. Schow, "Why Salsa Aerobics Works", Migrant Health Newsline, Vol 21(1):2-3 January/February 2004.

Cartwright, E. and H. Schaper, "The Case of Diabetes Among Farmworkers in SE Idaho and Guanajuato, Mexico: Challenges in Binational Health Research", Proceedings of the 2001-2002 Migrant Farmworker Stream Forums, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Primary Health Care, August 2002, 5 pp, MS.

Cartwright, E. and A. Solis. "HIV/AIDS: Perceptions Among the Hispanic Communities of SE Idaho" Project funded by Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. December 2002, 50 pp, MS.

Hunter, A.S., Cartwright, E., Hall Teri R. "Identifying Disparities in Health Service Utilization and Health Outcomes in Community Health Centers in SE Idaho." Project funded by Idaho Health and Welfare Grant #HC27900. March 2001, 102 pp, MS.

Hall, Teri. R., Hunter Ann S., Cartwright E., and G. Hearn, "Hispanic Health Projects: Healthy Families in Healthy Communities Final Report" October 2001. (HRSA Project #1MCJ-16KL02-01-0), 56pp, MS.

BOOK REVIEWS OF MY PUBLICATIONS

"Espacios de enfermedad y sanacion. Los amuzgos de Oaxaca. Entre la sierra sur y los campos agricolas de Sonora" reviewed by Gilda Salazar Antunez in Estudios Sociales Vol. 13 (25) 2005.

 

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