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Andria Timmer

Andria Timmer


Luter Hall 164
(757) 594-8543


  • MPH in Community Health, University of Iowa
  • Ph D in Anthropology, University of Iowa
  • MA in Anthropology, University of Iowa


Cultural Anthropology, Human Adaption, Health and Healing, Food and Culture, Life of the Roma (Gypsies), Qualitative Methods, The Refugee Experience.


Social change and action, nongovernmental organizations, humanitarianism, the food movement. Regional specializations in the European Union (specifically, Hungary) and the United States.


I am an applied cultural anthropologist with specializations in medical and food anthropology. Broadly my research concerns how individuals and groups identify problems and enact social change. In order to address this research focus, I look specifically at the actions and activities of civil sector or nongovernmental organization. This interest has led me to research humanitarian efforts to alleviate childhood malnutrition in Nicaragua and to desegregate the educational system for the Roma in Hungary as well as efforts on the part of mothers in Virginia to alter food pathways. My current research explores the humanitarian response to the "refugee crisis" in Hungary.

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