Gertrude Fraser Named To Ford Foundation Post
15, 2000 -- Gertrude Fraser, associate professor
of anthropology at the University of Virginia, has accepted a two-year
position as program officer in The Ford Foundations Education,
Knowledge and Religion Program in New York.
will take a leave of absence from the University to join the prestigious
grant-making organization in January where she will work as a program
officer with the education, knowledge and religion team on three
tasks: supporting interdisciplinary research on gender, ethnicity,
race and identity; creating a new intercultural global curriculum;
and encouraging activities to foster a more diverse faculty and
administrative leadership in higher education.
native of Jamaica, Fraser earned her bachelors degree from
Bryn Mawr College and her masters and doctoral degrees from
The Johns Hopkins University. After earning her Ph.D. Fraser served
as a consultant to the African-American Historical and Cultural
Museum in Philadelphia and taught at Cornell University before joining
the faculty of U.Va. in 1991.
specialist in medical anthropology and Africa-American ethnography,
Frasers publications include the book, "African American
Midwifery in the South: Dialogues of Birth, Race and Memory."
Her current research explores two generations of families dealing
with breast cancer, and rural mental health among African American
and poor white communities in the South
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