Department Chair of the Department of Anthropology
Jennifer R. Wies is an applied medical anthropologist dedicated to teaching and practicing anthropology. Her research focuses on structures of violence as experienced by local populations in the United States. This includes her research and advocacy with victims of gender-based violence, families affected by incarceration, people with HIV/AIDS, and first-generation college women. Her first edited volume, Anthropology at the Front Lines of Gender-Based Violence (with Hillary J. Haldane, Vanderbilt University Press, 2011) presents global ethnographies of local-level advocacy and activism in the gender-based violence movement.
In Applying Anthropology to Gender-Based Violence: Local Practices, Global Responses (with Hillary J. Haldane, Lexington Books, 2015), authors address gaps in theory, methods, and practices that are currently used to engage the problem of gender-based violence.
An important aspect of her anthropological practice is engaging students in service-learning experiences that apply anthropological insights and methods to social inequities. She also works with higher education institutions to develop student-centered, equity-focused, and transformative assessment practices to assure learning at the course, program, and organizational levels.
Acting Anthropology Graduate Program Director