Visiting Professor
Psychological Anthropology, Feminist Anthropology

Carnegie 04c

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Website: https://www.evamelstrom.com/

Fall 2022 Courses
Introduction to Psychological Anthropology
Medical Anthropology

Spring 2023 Courses
Introduction to Psychological Anthropology
Psychiatry & Culture
Feminist Perspectives in Anthropology

Eva Melstrom is a Visiting Professor of Anthropology at Macalester College with a PhD of Anthropology from the University of California Los Angeles. She earned her Masters in Medical Anthropology and Cross-Cultural Practices at Boston University. Melstrom is a psychological and medical anthropologist who specializes in the study of individual experiences of mental and emotional unwellness precipitated by participation in global migration processes. Her research combines theories from feminist philosophy, phenomenology, care ethics, theories of self and embodiment, and postcolonial studies.

Melstrom conducted fieldwork in Addis Ababa with Ethiopian women recently returned form domestic labor employment (“guest work”) in the Arab Gulf. Her work focuses on their decision to migrate as well as their experiences with subsequent mental and emotional unwellness and their unexpected return home. She focuses on how individuals understand and perform care; their ethical commitments; and questions assumptions about mental illness, feminism and womanhood, obligation, subordination, and authority.