Sarah Williams

Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies

Williams’ scholarship is primarily focused on the relationship between nationalism, racialization, and health in Mexico. Her book project, entitled “Always Already Vanishing”, based on her dissertation, examines the effects that global health initiatives and domestic health laws have had on the lived experiences of Yucatec Maya women and midwives in the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. The project explores the strategies employed by midwives and allied obstetricians and birthing people to promote and protect midwifery in the context of neoliberal state agendas for health that are ideologically incompatible with traditional practices.

Selected Publication:

2019 Williams, Sarah A. “Divergent narratives of blame: Maternal mortality rates, reproductive governance, and midwifery in Mexico. Social Science & Medicine. 254. 112227. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.03.023

Scholarly Interests

Medical Anthropology, Public Health, Maternal Health, Medical racism, Gender-based violence, Latin America, Mexico

Affiliated Departments

Department of Anthropology