Mercyhurst welcomes cultural anthropologist Robbie Davis-Floyd

The Mercyhurst College World Languages and Cultures Department, in conjunction with the college’s anthropology department, will be hosting Robbie Davis-Floyd, Ph.D. at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, in the Mercy Heritage Hall.

Davis-Floyd will address “Birth and Culture,” drawing on her vast experience as an internationally known cultural anthropologist specializing in medical, ritual, and gender studies and the anthropology of reproduction. A research fellow in the department of anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin, Davis-Floyd is author of numerous articles as well as a book, “Birth as an American Rite of Passage,” and co-editor of eight collections, including “Childbirth and Authoritative Knowledge: Cross-Cultural Perspectives,” “Cyborg Babies: From Techno-Sex to Techno Tots,” and “Midwives in Mexico: Continuity, Controversy and Change.”

Davis-Floyd earned her bachelor of arts at the University of Texas, and both her master of arts and her doctoral degree in anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin.

In addition to being a research fellow, she is an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and a member of the Antioch College research faculty. In the past, Davis-Floyd has been a lecturer and visiting professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas; Baylor Medical School in Houston, Texas; Rice University in Houston; and Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.
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