Teaching and Mentoring Focus




At the University of Central Florida, Shana teaches cultural and medical anthropology.  She is dedicated to mentoring 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 closely with students from multiple fields, including anthropology, medicine, nursing, biomedical sciences, 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 Studies

             Peoples of the World                                                   Thesis

            General Anthropology                                         Doctoral Research


      Directed Independent Research

           Honors Directed Reading

       Honors Undergraduate Thesis

Global Health Internship - Haiti and Peru



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, and Callao, Peru. Offered each Fall and Spring semester, this internship allows anthropology students to experience firsthand medical outreach and to 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.