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Elizabeth Wirtz

Visiting Assistant Professor

Elizabeth Wirtz is a visiting assistant professor in anthropology.

Wirtz earned a Ph.D. and M.S. in anthropology from Purdue University. She is a postdoctoral research fellow with Purdue’s School of Engineering Education whose current project is a five-year, National Science Foundation-funded investigation of the culture of Purdue’s mechanical engineering department and implementation of its findings into strategic change.

A cultural anthropologist, her research centers on: refugees/forced migration; reproductive/maternal health; fertility; sexual and gender-based violence; structural violence; humanitarianism in development/relief; organizational anthropology; human-centered design in technology and engineering; and STEM higher education.

She serves as co-chair of the Gender Based Violence Topical Interest Group of the Society for Applied Anthropology and as the Special Interest Group Membership Coordinator for the Society for Medical Anthropology.

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