Research Spotlight: Courtney Brown ’22

The Department of Anthropology caught up with Courtney, an undergraduate student studying Medical Anthropology, to learn more about her research on Black doulas in South Carolina.  

Courtney Brown“My engaged ethnographic research on Black community doulas in South Carolina was born out of my deep admiration for community health care. 

In collaboration with a birth justice organization in my home state, I examine how viewing the work of community doulas in the same framing as traditional birth workers disregards key aspects of what makes their work powerful and impactful.  

Through engaged methods I highlight how the work of these Southern, Black doulas can inform what it means to turn to community-centered care practices in light of the country’s maternal mortality crisis.”