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Laura Gilchrest

​​Dr. Gilchrest is a remote Lecturer in International Studies at DePaul University and a Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Maryland. She holds a Doctorate and Master of Arts in Anthropology from American University, a Master of Arts in International Studies from DePaul University, and dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Spanish from University of North Texas. In addition to teaching, Dr. Gilchrest is a practicing anthropologist, working as a qualitative and ethnographic research consultant, academic writing coach and mentor. She is currently pursuing ethnographic research projects concerning (1) health equity and agency among birthing people and (2) the effects of outdoor, play-based education on longterm childhood mental health and social-emotional development. Her dissertation explored the unintended harms and iatrogenic violence of short-term medical missions in Honduras and the ways local communities negotiate their experiences with these teams in the context of medical pluralism and social organization.