Dr. Joanna Mishtal is a cultural anthropologist.  Her research focuses on the politics of gender and health in Poland, Ireland, and the European Union, where she has been conducting fieldwork since 2000.  She advises cultural, medical and applied anthropology PhD, MA, and Honors students.

Working with Dr. Mishtal:

Dr. Joanna Mishtal

I am dedicated to advising and mentoring students in independently-designed research with human subjects. I advise cultural, medical, and applied anthropology graduate PhD Program, MA Program, and Honors Research Program students in a variety of projects mainly situated in Florida, but also abroad. I also serve as one of medical anthropology faculty supervisors for the Global Health Internship – Mare Brignol, Haiti. My advising approach is individualized and student-centered: I work with students one-on-one to help them develop their own research projects that have a strong scholarly and academic merit, but are also intellectually stimulating and interesting to my students. I also work with students to help them publish their theses’ results and present their work at conferences.

I would call my advising style “micromanagement light” – working closely with and pushing students to do their best work, while expecting from them reliability and independent thinking. My goal is always the same: to help my students achieve what they envision for themselves.

Undergraduate students may find this Student-Mentor video interesting, featuring my student Sarah Davenport’s research.

Most updated information on my work with students is here.

Dr. Mishtal is looking for graduate students with interest in:

Three anthropology fields (these overlap and are equally important to me):

  • Cultural anthropology
  • Applied/public anthropology
  • Medical anthropology

Topical areas:

  • Social inequalities
  • Gender and/or sexuality
  • Gender and governance
  • Reproductive rights, health and policies
  • Power and politics
  • Health and healthcare
  • Policy pertaining to health, gender, human rights
  • Human rights
  • State-church relations (especially in the context of shaping policy)
  • Non-profit/ nongovenmental organizations and their work and role


2019   Davenport, Sarah, and Joanna Mishtal. “Whose Sustainability? An Analysis of a Community Farming Program’s Food Justice and Environmental Sustainability Agenda,” Culture, Agriculture, Food & Environment. Online early view: Feb. 14, 2019.

2018  Milanés, Lilian, and Joanna Mishtal. “Too Little, Too Late? The Challenges in Expanding Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare for Men.” Anthropology in Action: Journal for Applied Anthropology in Policy & Practice 25(2):13-23.

2018 Gray, Deven, and Joanna Mishtal. “Managing an Epidemic: Zika Interventions and Community Responses in Belize.” Global Public Health Journal 14(1):9-22.

2018 Manzano, Russell, Joanna Mishtal, and Shana Harris. “The Effect of Second Reception Center Practices on Refugee Experiences in Sicily.” Human Organization 77(2): 79-89.

2017 Franklin Ashley, Mishtal Joanna, Johnson Teresa, Simms-Cendan Judith. “Rowers’ Behaviors, Attitudes, and Safety Concerns Related to Exercise, Training, and Competition during Pregnancy.” The Cureus Journal of Medical Science 9(8):e1534, pp. 1-26.

2016 Kersch, Adam, and Joanna Mishtal. “Asylum in Crisis: Migrant Policy, Entrapment, and the Role of Non-Governmental Organizations in Siracusa, Italy.” Refugee Survey Quarterly 35(4): 97-121.

2012 Sivén, Jacqueline, and Joanna Mishtal. “Yoga as Entrée to Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and Medically Pluralistic Practices.” Human Organization 71(4):348-357.



Gdansk, Poland
Warsaw, Poland
Krawkow, Poland
Girl Scouts
Corpus Christi
Gdansk shipyard
Sunday market
Dublin, Ireland