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Teaching and Mentoring




Shana has taught cultural and medical anthropology at the University of Central Florida since 2015. She teaches graduate and upper-division undergraduate courses, and mentors undergraduate, graduate (M.A. and Ph.D.), and medical students in completing independent ethnographic and qualitative research in the United States and internationally. She works with students from multiple disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, medicine, nursing, health sciences, biotechnology, and Latin American Studies to design, conduct, and publish their research.

Courses Taught


                  Undergraduate                                                       Graduate

  Anthropology of Drugs and Addiction                            Anthropology of the Body

          Anthropology of the Body                             Seminar in Cultural Anthropology

        Culture, Disease, and Healing                            Ethnographic Research Methods

     Science, Technology, and Culture               Advanced Qualitative Methods in Anthropology

           Sex, Gender, and Culture                                    Directed Independent Study

              Peoples of the World                                               Doctoral Research

            General Anthropology                                            Doctoral Dissertation

                     Internship                                                                Thesis

      Directed Independent Research

            Honors Directed Reading

        Honors Undergraduate Thesis

Global Health Internship - Haiti, Brazil, Puerto Rico, India



In collaboration with the University of Central Florida's Department of Anthropology and the International Medical Outreach (IMO) student organization, Shana co-developed the undergraduate Global Health Internship in Mare Brignol (Haiti), Piracicaba (Brazil), Puerto Rico (San Juan), and Pune (India). Offered each Fall and Spring semester, the internship allows anthropology students to experience firsthand medical outreach and learn about the effects of socioeconomic disparities on health and healthcare provision in the global south. In addition to participating in health-related activities, interns use ethnographic methods to collect information and conduct an anthropological assessment to improve IMO's work in these communities.

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