Advisory Board

Convenor: Rachael Stryker 
California State University, East Bay

photo 2-1Rachael Stryker is Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Women’s Studies at California State University, East Bay. She is a cultural anthropologist whose work explores the comparative study of emotion socialization, with a focus on attachment formation and representation. She is author of the book, The Road to Evergreen: Adoption, Attachment Therapy, and the Promise of Family (Cornell, 2010) and co-editor (with Roberto González) of Up, Down, and Sideways: Anthropologists Trace the Pathways of Power (Berghahn Books, 2014). She has also written articles for several journals, including Childhood, Global Studies of Childhood, Children and Youth Services Review, and International Migration.

Cindy 8-14 IICindy Clark
Rutgers University, Camden

Cindy Dell Clark currently is Visiting Associate Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University, Camden. Clark does child-centered interpretive research, unpacking the substantial part children play in sustaining and shaping sociocultural dynamics.   Her research skills were honed both as an applied qualitative researcher and as an academic anthropologist. She has published Flights of Fancy, Leaps of Faith (an ethnography of children’s mythic imagination and rituals) and In Sickness and in Play: Children Coping with Chronic Illness.  Her recent book, In A Younger Voice, provides an accessible methodological toolkit for those who seek to do child-centered ethnographic inquiry. Her books are listed here:

Heidbrink headshotLauren Heidbrink
National Louis University

Lauren Heidbrink is Assistant Professor in Social and Behavioral Sciences and Co-Director of the Public Policy program at National Louis University in Chicago. Her research and teaching interests include childhood and youth, transnational migration, performance and identity, law at the margins of the state and Latin America. She recent published an ethnography on unaccompanied child migration and detention entitled Migrant Youth, Transnational Families, and the State: Care and Contested Interests  (University of Pennsylvania Press, May 2014). Selections of her work also appear in Children’s Legal Rights Journal (Spring 2013); Transnational Migration, Gender and Rights (2012); and in Emerging Perspectives on Children in Migratory Circumstances (2010). She received a doctorate in anthropology from Johns Hopkins University and a MA/MS in International Public Service Management from DePaul University. Lauren also serves as the membership coordinator for ACYIG.
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heather picHeather Rae-Espinoza
California State University, Long Beach

Dr. Heather Rae-Espinoza’s research centers on an individual’s process of interpreting experiences and interpersonal relationships in a socio-cultural context of innovation.  Her previous research in Ecuador addressed how the children psychologically adapted and socially adjusted to parental emigration.  While assumptions of negative effects permeate multiple literatures, Ecuadorian children’s reactions to parental emigration varied depending on cultural values, social approval, and children’s individual psychic needs.  Currently, she is further evaluating this typology of reactions with the children of U.S. military deployment.  Her longitudinal initiative in Long Beach, California investigates children and family’s social, cultural, and psychological adjustments and adaptations to military-induced separations.

AvivaSinervoProfilePicAviva Sinervo
San Francisco State University

Dr. Aviva Sinervo’s research and teaching focus on childhood, poverty, international aid and NGOs, volunteer tourism, urban economies, and affect, with a regional interest in Peru, the Andes, and Latin America. She has published in The Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, Childhoods Today, Childhood, and is a contributing author for Oxford Bibliographies in Childhood Studies. She is currently a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at San Francisco State University, and a Research Associate in the Psychology Department at University of California, Santa Cruz. She also serves as the Communications Coordinator for the Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group (ACYIG).

Sobo 2013Elisa Sobo
San Diego State University

Elisa (EJ) Sobo is Professor of Anthropology at San Diego State University. Interests include ethno-theories of child development and growth (including at the intersection of education and health); healthcare quality improvement in large organizations; and patient-provider communication. Recent publications include “High Physical Activity Levels in Waldorf/Steiner Education Reflect Alternative Developmental Understandings,” Education and Health, 2013; “Play’s Relation to Health and Well Being in Preschool and Kindergarten: A Waldorf (Steiner) Education Perspective,” International Journal of Play,2014; “Selling Medical Travel to US Patient-consumers,” Anthropology and Medicine, 2011; Culture and Meaning in Health Services Research: A Practical Field Guide, LeftCoast Press, 2009.


Ashley Crawford
Oregon State University

Ashley Crawford has been appointed to serve as ACYIG’s Student Representative for 2015-2017. Ashley is a Ph.D. student in the Applied Anthropology program at Oregon State University. Her current research focuses on children who migrate transnationally and reside with kin other than their own parents. During her term as Student Representative, Ashley will primarily be responsible for liaising with ACYIG graduate student and undergraduate student members to communicate ideas, policies, concerns between members and the ACYIG Advisory Board.

Communications Committee

Social Media Coordinator

imagePatrick Alexander
Oxford Brookes University
University of Oxford

Dr Patrick Alexander is a social anthropologist specializing in the field of education. His current research focuses on schooling in the UK and the US, and on the themes of age and social identity, ‘youth’, aspiration and transitions into adulthood. He is Senior Lecturer in Education Studies (Anthropology & Sociology) at Oxford Brookes University, and a Research Associate at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford.
Patrick has been selected to become the Fulbright-Peabody Research Scholar for the US-UK Fulbright Commission in 2014-2015. As part of this one year post, Patrick will conduct an in-depth, comparative study of aspiration, imagined futures and transitions into early adulthood among final year inner-city school students in New York and London. Patrick will be working alongside Pedro Noguera at New York University’s Metro Center for Urban Education. This promises to be a challenging and enriching program of research that will shine a light on the complex realities of what it means to ‘come of age’ in the public/state education systems of these two cities.
Follow Patrick on Twitter @patgalexander

Newsletter Editor

headshot_defenseKate Grim-Feinberg
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Kate Grim-Feinberg holds a PhD in anthropology from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a BA from Bard College. She has led sustainable development projects in community-based education and has taught English as a Second Language and dance to children, teens, and adults in South America and the United States. As a Lecturer in Global Studies at University of Illinois (2013-15), she taught courses on research methods, international development, and children’s rights. Her doctoral research examined learning, socialization, and post-conflict educational policy and practice among primary school children in Andean Peru. She has published in the Journal for the Anthropological Study of Human Movement, and contributed a chapter to the upcoming 2nd Edition of A World of Babies, published by Cambridge University Press.

Website Manager

richard_mediumBonnie O. Richard
University of California, Los Angeles

Bonnie Richard is a socio-cultural and medical anthropologist interested in how shifting notions of wellbeing influence the experiences of children and teens, both in their own everyday practices and future goals, as well as through parents’ and families’ priorities in raising their children. She is a doctoral candidate in UCLA’s Department of Anthropology.
For her doctoral research she conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Ladakh–an underserved, rural, minority region which lies along India’s northernmost-borders with China and Pakistan. She is currently writing her dissertation, “Being Ladakhi and Becoming Educated: Childhoods at School in the Western Himalayas.” Previously, she conducted research on childhood disability and family accommodation in  Ladakh.
Follow Bonnie on Twitter @bonnie_olivia

Assistant Membership Coordinator

Emily Sander
California State University-Long Beach

ACYIG welcomes Emily Sander as the Assistant Membership Coordinator. Emily is a graduate student in occupational therapy at California State University-Long Beach specializing in serving children with sensory processing and emotional disorders. As an anthropology undergraduate, Emily served as the Newsletter Assistant to the Editor. As Assistant Membership Coordinator, Emily will assist the Advisory Board in launching a series of member-focused initiatives to encourage networking, communication, and inter-disciplinary research.

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