Dr. Beatriz Reyes-Foster (she/her/ella) is a cultural and medical anthropologist with research interests in mental and reproductive health. Her research examines the intersections of health, medicine, and society in a variety of different settings and regions, particularly the ways in which these intersections reproduce health disparities and social inequality. Dr. Reyes-Foster advises cultural, medical, and applied anthropology PhD, MA, MD, and Honors Undergraduate Thesis students.

Working with Dr. Reyes-Foster:

Dr. Reyes-Foster mentors graduate and undergraduate students in developing independent research projects on a wide range of subjects and locations, including facilitating field studies for those interested in conducting research in Mexico. She is also open to incorporating student independent research projects into her broader ongoing research projects. Dr. Reyes-Foster works with each of her students individually in developing interesting and rigorous research questions, designing appropriate methodologies, and frequent consultation during the data gathering and interpretation phases. She supports student dissemination of research via posters, conference presentations, and article publication. She also closely advises and assists students with PhD and MA program applications. Students may contact Dr. Reyes-Foster at beatriz.reyes-foster@ucf.edu to discuss their interests.

Dr. Reyes-Foster is looking for graduate students with an interest in:

  • Sociocultural anthropology
  • Medical anthropology
  • Feminist ethnography
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Gender
  • Latinx people and Latin American immigrants
  • Race and social inequality
  • Mexico and Latin America
  • Pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period
  • Mental health
  • Doctors and Medicine
  • Religion

Examples of research projects conducted by Dr. Reyes-Foster’s students:

  • Bi+ experiences of mental well-being in the US
  • Indigenous students and higher education in Yucatan, Mexico
  • Tarot and healing
  • Farmworker health
  • Mental health experiences of theme park employees
  • Illness narratives and endometriosis
  • Domestic employees in Lima, Peru
Merida Mexico Maya Architecture
Death taking a break
Ancient drum
Halle, Germany
Halle, Germany
Halle, Germany Street Graffiti
Rally to Improve Birth
Rally to Improve Birth