Kristin Bright

Kristin Bright is director of The Body Online and a cultural medical anthropologist at Middlebury and affiliated graduate faculty at the University of Toronto. Her research is broadly interested in the ways people imagine and interact with emerging practices of digital health communication and activism. In 2020-21, Bright and her students are working in several areas of applied medical anthropology and digital/design anthropology. Along with the projects on this site, they are experimenting with multimodal ethnographic method under pandemic conditions; exploring strategies for community-engaged digital design with early childhood educators; collaborating on mental health initiatives by/for BIPOC students at PWIs; and advocating for more gender, BIPOC, and queer inclusive fitness/workout spaces. Since 2018 Bright has collaborated on studies about the ethical life of precision medicine in Canada and the US, the sociolegal contours of medical assistance in dying (MAiD) in Canada, the impact of COVID-19 on hospice care, and a new study with Open Door Clinic about immigrant farmworkers’ perceptions and experiences with dental health. To involve students more actively in these projects, Bright founded an ethnographic research lab in 2017 called The Body Online, dedicated to student learning and innovation in digital health settings and applications. In her spare time she enjoys making up corny songs with her daughter and exploring the backwoods of Vermont.

Kristin Bright