Race and Ethnic Relations

Marianne Sarkis  

Marianne Sarkis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of International Development and Social Change
Department of International Development, Community, and Environment
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

(508) 421-3898 phone
email: msarkis@clarku.edu



Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology, Florida State University, 2010
M.A. in Applied Medical Anthropology, University of South Florida, 2002
B.A. in Anthropology and Philosophy, Indiana University of PA, 1993

Research Interests

Disparities in obstetric care, migration and identity, culture in clinical encounters, diasporic health, bioethics, demographic anthropology, Participatory Action Research (PAR), history of obstetrics, Somali history and culture, globalization and health, advocacy anthropology, Social Networks Analysis (SNA), rumors in health care, Arab culture and identity


Marianne Sarkis is an applied medical anthropologist who is currently conducting research on the contentious relationship between African women refugees, health care professionals and biomedicine. Her research examines the link between acculturation, reproductive experiences, and strategies and fertility rates among African immigrants in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Sarkis completed her dissertation on the reproductive health and experiences of African refugees and immigrants to the Worcester area, and the relationship between fertility rates and migration. She is also teaching ESL to women, conducting on-going health workshops, and building collaborative relationships between local hospitals and the African immigrant communities.

In addition to her research, Sarkis worked as a software engineer and graphics designer in Silicon Valley, and continues to work as a web designer for national non-profits and advocacy organizations.

Selected Publications

2009     Somali Womanhood: A Re-Visioning. In Empathy and Rage: FGM in Creative Writing. Tobe Levin and Augustine Asaah, eds. Lynn Reiner Press.

2008     Review of Hernlund, Y., and B. Shell-Duncan. 2007. Transcultural bodies: female genital cutting in global context. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press. Studies in Family Planning 39(3).

2004     Female Cutting and Anthropology: What took us so long to come around? In Flesh and Blood: Perspectives on the Problem of Circumcision in Contemporary Society. G.C. Denniston, F.M. Hodges, and M.F. Milos, eds. Pp. 119-132. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.

1999     Activism on the World Wide Web: The role of the Internet in the dissemination of circumcision-related information. In Male and Female Circumcision: Medical, Legal, and Ethical Considerations in Pediatric Practice. G.C. Denniston, F.M. Hodges, and M.F. Milos, eds. Pp. 351-356. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.