Claire Dye (2004-2006)
I am a first year doctoral student in the School of Public Health, Department of Community Health Sciences. I received a B.A. in anthropology with a secondary concentration in women’s studies from Yale University in 2000 and a Masters of Science in Public Health from UCLA in 2004. My interest in population and reproductive health began during my undergraduate education when I took a class on the anthropology of Latin America. In this class, we read several papers that examined the cultural and structural roots of high infant mortality rates in Brazil. This class prompted me to change my focus within anthropology towards the field of medical anthropology. For my senior thesis, I wrote about the effects of gender, race, and societal structure on the spread of the AIDS epidemic in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
After college, I worked for two years as a campaign manager and citizen outreach coordinator for the Fund for Public Interest Research, a fundraising organization for nonprofit institutions. However, I soon realized my true interest still lay in the areas of medical anthropology and reproductive health, and so in 2002 I enrolled in the UCLA School of Public Health. For my masters thesis, I examined the association between alcohol use and condom use at first sexual intercourse among a representative sample of American adolescents using the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. I am currently interested in continuing my research on the relationship between substance use and reproductive health in adolescents, incorporating demographic and sociological techniques and theory on the effects of neighborhood, family, and social processes. Because I am just starting the doctoral program, I do not yet have a firm idea of what I will do for my dissertation. However, I look forward to incorporating the knowledge I gain from the many classes I have yet to take into the final product.