West, Anna

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Anna's research engages themes of development, domesticity, and citizenship through an ethnography of government-supported health outreach workers in rural Malawi. Her fieldwork traces how ambitious global health initiatives are translated into routine encounters at the household level, and examines how the home is invoked as a core site for the production and policing of health on the periphery of the postcolonial state. Inverting economists' notion of the "household production of health," her work asks how health interventions produce households, shape families, and configure domestic spaces. Prior to beginning doctoral studies, Anna worked in the NGO sector as a maternal and child health technical advisor. Anna holds a BA in Human Biology at Stanford and an MHS in Social and Behavioral Interventions from the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.