New Publication in Migration Letters

Denise Lewis and I co-edited a special issue of Migration Letters - "Resilience and Wellbeing in Forced Migration" with contributions by Stephanie Kohl - "More than Victims: Resiliency of Undocumented Latinas Near Chicago, United States, and the Strategic Use of Psychological Suffering in Obtaining Legal Status", May Mzayek - "Understanding Waiting and Wellbeing Through Liminal Experiences of Syrian Refugees", Denise Lewis and Savannah Young - "Powerful in Flight: Cambodian and Karen Refugee Narratives of Strength and Resilience", and myself - "Refugee Health and Religion: Karenni Catholics in Omaha, United States." My research on this theme has been featured in Boston University's Public Health Post : "Refugee Health and Religion".

Refugee Resettlement Publication

Holding a print copy of the book, co-edited with Andrew Nelson and Roos Willems, in my hands feels good! The Crux of Refugee Resettlement: Rebuilding Social Networks has been publiched by Lexington Books and includes chapters of scholars and professionals presented at a panel of the annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Pittsburgh in 2015. The contributors highlight the importance of the ethnographic approach taken in order to further our understanding of refugee resettlement. Each chapter includes one or more commentaries by resettled refugees or representatives of resettlement agencies.

Unfortunately, the publisher's copyeditor created an awkward error in the Table of Contents through including the wrong heading for the fourth section of the book.

Water and Health

January 20, 2019: Jana Kopelent Rehak, faculty at the University of Maryland (USA), Barbora Půtová, faculty at Charles University in Prague (Czech), and I are guest-editing an issue of The Journal of Culture, published by the Department of Ethnology at Charles University in Prague, Czech, on the relationship between health and ecology with a specific focus on water, wellbeing and medicine. The call for papers can be downloaded here. The journal issue should be published by the end of 2019.

Studying Abroad in Austria and Hungary

January 18, 2019: Becky Davis, Margo Minnich, Jennifer Peter, and I meet for the first time with the group of students that participates in the 2019 summer program in Austria and Hungary, from May 21 to June 1. The topic of the program is "Definitions of Health - Implications for Care". The group of 26 undergraduate, graduate and professional students will visit with us, among other sites, an eldercare facility and hospital, an emergency medical services center, the Psychology Department at Karoli Gaspar University, a refugee organization, an alternative healer in the shamanic tradition, the Hungarian Chamber of Health Professionals, an organ transplant ward, and a pilgrimage shrine. Also, we will spend a whole day in Bad Kreuzen at the First Center for Traditional European Medicine to learn about and experience complementary treatments, such as hydrology, wraps and Celtic meditation.

Student Learning Outcomes

December 29, 2018: Martha Habash, Associate Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Studies at Creighton University and the university's liaison and coordinator of Jesuit Worldwide Learning - Higher Education at the Margins, Tina Facca-Miess, Associate Professor of Marketing at John Carroll University and the Global Director of Research for Jesuit Worldwide Learning, and I discussed designing a research project that aims at better understanding factors that positively influence learning outcomes among students in this program. Further exploring this theme, Martha Habash and three Creighton University students design and implement a Group Concept Mapping study with a few students in this program.