Dr. Mishtal is an associate professor who specializes in cultural medical anthropology focusing on reproductive rights and policies in Poland, Ireland and the European Union. She received her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2006, and she was the recipient of the Charlotte Ellertson Postdoctoral Fellowship at Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, from 2006 to 2008. Her theoretical and research interests include gender and politics, democratization, political economy, global women’s health, feminism and women’s movements. Her dissertation and postdoctoral research explored the contentious nature of reproductive politics and democratization that emerged since the fall of state socialism in 1989 in Poland. Her new project, launched in 2009, builds on her interest in international politics of gender and health, and examines reproductive health policies from the perspectives of healthcare providers in Ireland. This project also analyzes the power dynamics between the supranational governance of the EU and the Vatican, and the sovereignty of the member nations in the realm of policies that affect access to reproductive and sexual healthcare. Her work has been supported by the Fulbright Scholarship, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Devaney Fellowship, the Ellertson Postdoctoral Fellowship, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation.

She joined the UCF faculty in 2008 and teaches cultural, medical, and applied/public anthropology courses. She directs research of students enrolled in the Masters Program, the School of Medicine, and the Honors in the Major program. In 2010, she co-developed the Medical Anthropology Minor for students from other social sciences to promote interdisciplinarity and interest in medical anthropology as well as global and community health.

In her spare time, you might find her skiing in Colorado or enjoying Florida beaches.


American Anthropological Association

Society for Medical Anthropology

American Ethnological Society

Association for Political and Legal Anthropology

Association for Feminist Anthropology

Council on Anthropology and Reproduction

Society for the Anthropology of Europe

Post-Communist Cultural Studies Interest Group

Interest Group for the Anthropology of Public Policy

Society for Applied Anthropology

Columbia Population Research Center, Associate

European Association of Social Anthropologists

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