I am committed to assisting and transforming the lives of the oppressed or disadvantaged and, in order to be successful, I have significantly developed my research skills through collaborative research projects. During my pre-dissertation stage, I worked as a graduate research assistant on a project that focused on the vulnerable populations of immigrants and seasonal farm workers on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and a second project examining the prevalence and lived experience of HIV-related stigma, retention in HIV care, and antiretroviral adherence in Older Black Women with HIV, an understudied, vulnerable population in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Additionally, I completed a third research project that used ethnography to evaluate a nonprofit community health worker program for transgender black women engaging in survival sex work, a severely stigmatized group living with extreme violence in Washington, D.C. For my doctoral work, I am conducing a structured multi-sited ethnographic investigation. This research will investigate the everyday lives of transnational migrant women living with chronic illnesses who travel from their sending communities in rural Hidalgo, Mexico to the receiving communities of Maryland’s Eastern Shore in the United States.



  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Sociocultural Anthropology
Research Topics
Emilia M. Guevara
eguevar1 [at] umd.edu