The Heller School for Social Policy and Management
anthropology & public health; Southeast Asia, US, & Catalunya, Spain; qualitative research methods, mixed methods, program evaluation, health services research; behavioral health, HIV/AIDS, trauma; ethnicities & nations, gender, kinship & social organization, ritual & religion
Nina (Cornelia) Kammerer, an anthropologist and public health researcher, is a faculty member in the Heller PhD program, in which she teaches qualitative research methods during Spring Semesters. She is also Affiliated Faculty in Brandeis University's Department of Anthropology, in which she introduced a course on AIDS in the early 1990s. Ms. Kammerer has conducted extensive ethnographic fieldwork among Tibeto-Burman-speaking Akha of Northern Thailand. In 1993, she served as Principal Investigator on a study, funded by the American Foundation for AIDS Research, of sociocultural risk and protective factors for HIV/AIDS among four highland minorities in Thailand. To strengthen her knowledge of epidemiology and biostatistics, Ms. Kammerer obtained a master's degree from Boston University School of Public Health in 1997. From 1997 to 2004, she was a Senior Researcher at Health and Addictions Research, Inc., a Boston-based research, evaluation, and quality improvement consulting firm that specialized in behavioral health. She has published articles and book chapters on asymmetric marriage alliance, Christian conversion, ethnic identity, and Thai government policies towards highland minorities. With Nicola Tannenbaum, she co-edited two volumes on religion published in the Yale University Southeast Asian Studies monograph series. In addition to publications on HIV/AIDS in Thailand, she has co-authored two book chapters on HIV/AIDS risk, prevention, and care among transgenders in the United States. A co-authored resource paper on trauma and retraumatization is available online as part of the After the Crisis Initiative: Healing from Trauma after Disasters of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Mental Health Services. Starting in 2010, during Fall Semesters Ms. Kammerer is a Visiting Investigator at the Catalan Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (Institut Català de Recerca en Patrimoni Cultural) in Girona, Catalunya, Spain. When not at Heller, she conducts anthropological field research on continuities and transformations in the Catalan giant puppetry tradition. In 2011, she began contributing to the blog of the giant puppetry troop of Girona. Her "occasional notes" (in Catalan with photographs) are available at http://fallera.blogspot.com/.
University of Chicago, Ph.D.
Boston University, M.P.H.
University of Chicago, M.A.
Barnard College Columbia University, B.A.
Awards and Honors
Visiting Investigator, Catalan Institute for Cultural Heritage Research, Girona, Spain (2012)
Visting Investigator, Institut Català de Recerca en Patrimoni Cultural, Girona, Spain (2011)
Visiting Investigator, Institut Català de Recerca en Patrimoni Cultural, Girona, Spain (2010)
Teaching Award, Heller School (student nominated) (2008)
Elected Delta Omega Honor Society in Public Health (1997)
Postdoctoral Research Grant, Social Science Research Council and the American Council of Learned Societies (1986)
International Doctoral Research Fellowship, Social Science Research Council and the American Council of Learned Societies (1980)
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Abroad Fellowship (1979)
Special Humanities Fellowship, University of Chicago (1974)
B.A. summa cum laude with honors in anthropology and thesis with distinction, Barnard College (1973)
Elected Phi Beta Kappa (1971)
|ANTH||127a||Medicine, Body, and Culture|
|ANTH||142a||AIDS: Science, Society, and Policy|
|HS||411b||Applied Research Seminar: Qualitative|