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Staying True to Yourself in Academia Through Writing

Originally posted on Working Women Writers:
Photo by Franciso Osorio. By Grace Cooper Currently, I’m completing my third in year in an anthropology PhD program. I started school when I was five, so if everything goes according to plan, I’ll finish my PhD by age 30. This means I will have spent 25 years of…

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Just a Few Thoughts on a Special Day

This day two years ago today, Noé and I became husband and wife. What better day to write about some of the things that bring me happiness. Let me start by saying this won’t be a post about all the joys our marriage has brought me, but rather an example of the core reason we… Continue reading Just a Few Thoughts on a Special Day

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Los medios Latino y Anglo en conversación de lo que significa ser miembro y líder de Filadelfia

Con la elección mayoral viniendo mañana en la 3 de Noviembre parece apropiado reflejar en los momentos antes de la elección primaria en la 19 de Mayo con un énfasis en la campaña pionera de Nelson Díaz.  Con ascendencia puertorriqueña Díaz fue el primer Latino llegar a la primaria en la historia of Filadelfia. Su… Continue reading Los medios Latino y Anglo en conversación de lo que significa ser miembro y líder de Filadelfia

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Latino and Anglo Media in Conversation about What it means to be a Member and a Leader of Philadelphia

With the Philadelphia mayoral election coming up tomorrow on November 3rd it seems appropriate to reflect on those months leading up to the primaries on May 19th with a focus on the pioneering campaign of Nelson Díaz. Of Puerto Rican descent Díaz was the first Latino to make it to the primaries in the history… Continue reading Latino and Anglo Media in Conversation about What it means to be a Member and a Leader of Philadelphia

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Place, Race, and Language: An Afternoon on Erie Ave.

Last August my husband, Noé, and I moved into a row house just off the corner of Erie Ave. and Nth 11th St. of Philadelphia. This is the first place we have lived together as husband and wife and it has been in many ways unlike any place either of has lived before. Nonetheless, we… Continue reading Place, Race, and Language: An Afternoon on Erie Ave.

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Updates From The Windy City: A Lesson in Guns and Grammar

This past week I arrived in Chicago to spend one month attending the Linguistic Society of America’s 2015 Summer Linguistics Institute hosted at the University of Chicago. I have just two weeks left to go before I return to Philadelphia, but I have learned more about guns than grammar per se on this trip. Classes… Continue reading Updates From The Windy City: A Lesson in Guns and Grammar

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A Culture of Health

As part of my summer work I was recently asked to brainstorm research questions and possible projects for a grant proposal to be submitted about how our medical institution can help to “establish” a national culture of health in which people are routinely making healthy choices. My first reaction was to ask, do we not… Continue reading A Culture of Health

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Interviewing 101: An Introductory Guide

Many of us in social sciences use the interview as a primary method for collecting information from people about the topics we research. So, most of you reading this will have a good understanding of the interview process and will probably have done several of them for your own research. But, I have found that… Continue reading Interviewing 101: An Introductory Guide

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Forgiving and Forgetting: A Vignette from Philadelphia’s Emergency Room

Background: This summer I have been working for a medical school in Center City Philadelphia as a research assistant on one of the qualitative projects in the emergency medicine department. I interview patients and providers to get their opinions of and experiences with telehealth services. I also observe the project’s principal investigator, Dr. K, as… Continue reading Forgiving and Forgetting: A Vignette from Philadelphia’s Emergency Room

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An Introduction 

My name is Grace Fay Cooper. I am the 52nd grandchild of the late Grace Fay Cooper and the daughter of Patricia and Terence Cooper. Friends and family also call me by my married name, La Señora de Rodríguez. I am by profession an anthropologist. An anthropologist in training I should say, as I am… Continue reading An Introduction