Cultural Anthropology

Mary Elizabeth Knipper (Bird)

PhD student 
Advisor: Omar Dewachi
Program: Cultural Anthropology (CITE)
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My name is Mary Beth Knipper, and I’m very excited to be joining the Rutgers Department of Anthropology. I have a B.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University and an M.Sc. in Medical Anthropology from the University of Oxford. After completing my Master’s degree in 2011, I joined the U.S. Peace Corps and spent two wonderful years serving as a high school Math and Physics teacher in a rural village in northern Lesotho. In 2015, I returned to Lesotho as a U.S. Fulbright Student Scholar. My research focuses primarily on examining selective utilization of prenatal HIV testing amongst Basotho mothers in the remote community of Motete in the eastern highlands of the country. In the coming years as a PhD student, I am interested in shifting this research to further explore local protective exposure practices for infants in the region. In 2016, I joined the Robert Wood Johnson Rutgers-Princeton M.D/Ph.D. Program. I completed my second year of Medical School in 2018, and now look forward to focusing on my Anthropology PhD degree for the next several years!