Aline Gubrium, PhD
Campus Address: 304 Arnold House
Aline Gubrium is Assistant Professor of Public Health at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Dr. Gubrium received her Ph.D. degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Florida and is presently exploring the narrative dimensions of women’s reproductive health. She is currently analyzing data from an interview-based project on women’s experiences with Depo-Provera and a Five-College study on students’ and staff members’ experiences with Depo-Provera, Norplant, Implanon, and the IUD. She is also conducting several projects addressing issues of public health and health inequity using emergent narrative methods that take a community-based participatory research approach.
In the past, Dr. Gubrium has worked on projects dealing with institutional perspectives on violence against women in Java, Indonesia, and the social construction of victim and transmitter of HIV in a South African context. Her particular interest in gender socialization stems from her previous work on several ethnographic projects dealing with rural women’s sexuality and drug use issues in the southern U.S. Her dissertation, entitled Growing Up Stories: Narratives of Rural African-American Women, focuses on local constructions of gender socialization and the ways that the study participants take up two discourses–Afrocentric and American Dream–as resources in assembling their growing up stories.