Kasey Jernigan

2013 Bea Medicine Winner

medicine_jernigan.jpgKasey Jernigan is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She earned her MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Her research is in the areas of medical anthropology and participatory action research with Indigenous communities and considers how health and heritage are understood and enacted in everyday life contexts. Kasey is currently a Native American Research Center for Health (NARCH) Fellow.

 

Kristen Simmons

2013 Bea Medicine Winner

medicine_simmons.jpgKristen Simmons is an enrolled member of the Moapa Band of Southern Paiutes (NV). She is currently a doctoral student at the University of Chicago in Anthropology. Her research interest are in: American Indian law and environmental policy, with a focus on indigenous praxis and methodology. She also has an interest in museum anthropology, particularly around issues of representation and repatriation and has worked at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the Field Museum, and the Center for Mesoamerican Research. Kristen serves as president of the University of Chicago Native American Student Association, where she has been working on fostering relationships between the university and Chicago Native communities, as well as bringing in speakers to address contemporary issues in Indian Country.