Kathryn van der Merwe
Kathryn van der Merwe is a student at Middlebury College, Class of 2022. At Middlebury, she is majoring in Anthropology with a minor in Global Health. She has become increasingly engaged with medical anthropology during her time at Middlebury, as the perfect marriage between her academic interests. Although she is new to the study of particularly medical anthropology after taking only a single intro class, she is excited to be a part of The Body Online Research Collective to engage with the material that she has so far only skimmed the surface of and to engage with her peers in their shared academic exploration. She is most interested in cross-cultural perceptions of the body and how that affects treatment methods and care for the body as well as the influences that develop those perceptions. Up to date her research on this topic has been focused on eating disorders, but that focus can extend to all aspects of health and the body. Hopefully while participating in this lab, she will be able to gain further insight into the digital world of the body and share that research with her peers.