Kristin Bright, lab director
Kristin Bright is a medical anthropologist at Middlebury and affiliated graduate faculty in anthropology and global health at the University of Toronto. Her research is broadly interested in culture, identity, inequality, and power in healthcare settings. In 2022-23, Bright and her students are working in several areas of medical anthropology and design anthropology. They are experimenting with multimodal ethnographic methods in community settings (early education, folklife center, cancer center); mental and relational health at the public K-12 level; BIPOC student health at PWIs; and new forms of digital engagement in pediatric cancer care. Since 2018, Bright has collaborated on multi-investigator teams looking at regulatory change in precision oncology in Canada, the socio-legal dimensions of medical assistance in dying (MAiD) in Canada, and Latinx migrant farmworkers’ experiences with dental health in the US. To involve students more actively in these projects, Bright founded The Body Online in 2017 as a dedicated space for student learning and research. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, making medicinal cocktails, and exploring the backwoods of Vermont with her partner and daughter.