Natalie Porter

Dr. Natalie Porter is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to her current position, Dr. Porter was an assistant professor in the anthropology department at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) for one and a half years. She specializes in medical anthropology, global health, science and technology studies, human-animal relations, and Southeast Asia. After taking Dr. Porter's upper-level course, Medical Anthropology: Illness and Healing, Jennie approached her to act as a mentor on this project. Dr.Porter is an experienced mentor; she previously worked with an undergraduate researcher and McNair Scholar, and an Undergraduate Research Award recipient. This is her first time working with an Inquiry author. "The experience was wonderful from start to finish," Dr. Porter stated." Though she has always been hardworking, Jennie surprised me with the efficiency with which she carried out her research, as well as the depth and scope of her findings . . . The biggest lesson I took away from this experience is that given the right tools and support, UNH undergraduates are able to carry out sophisticated, graduate-level research. They can also act as foreign ambassadors for UNH, forging important academic and social ties abroad."