Research


Dr. Hippert has conducted anthropological research in 
Bolivia, La Crosse, the Rocky Mountain West of the U.S., Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. 

Dr. Hippert's dissertation research was conducted outside of Cochabamba, Bolivia, in a small community called Huancarani.  This project investigated the strategies the community used to garner local, State, and international development funds and attention to improve their community.  She found that people drew upon particular conceptions of indigenous identity, class, and gender to avail themselves of different funding opportunities, albeit in competing and incompatible ways.  The dissertation is entitled, "Identity and Development in Rural Bolivia: Negotiating Gender, Ethnicity, and Class in Development Contexts."  Dr. Hippert earned her doctorate and Master's in Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh.  Her master's thesis, entitled,
 "[Not] Doing It Ourselves:" Community Participation and the Politics of Mitigating Hunger in Bolivia," was also based upon her doctoral research.  Dr. Hippert has published a number of articles using the results of her research for journals in anthropology, women's studies, and Latin American Studies, including the Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, Women's Studies International Forum, and Bolivian Research Review.  She has also presented these results at international, national, and regional conferences, such as the annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association, the Latin American Studies Association, the North Central Council of Latin Americanists, and the joint UW-L/Viterbo annual conference on Latin American Studies.

Recently, Dr. Hippert has completed two research projects in the La Crosse area that demonstrates her commitment to involving undergraduate Anthropology students in her research plan.  First, working alongside Drs. Carol Miller and Enilda Delgado (Sociology), she conducted interdisciplinary research in 2010 that evaluated the use of the Kane Street Community Gardens on the north side of La Crosse.  Ten Anthropology students were hired to conduct and transcribe interviews with volunteers at the gardens, and students enrolled in Dr. Hippert's Anthropology of Food class completed surveys with people who used various food assistance sites throughout the area.  Second, Dr. Hippert was awarded a sub-contract from the La Crosse County Public Health Department to evaluate the La Crosse School District's new Farm 2 School Program.  Nine Anthropology students were hired to conduct and transcribe interviews with farmers who sell produce to the program, as well as with food service personnel who cook the food for school cafeterias.  Some of the results of this project were presented at the annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association in San Francisco (November 2012).  Students who worked on the project presented this paper with Dr. Hippert -- an invaluable opportunity to see a project from its preliminary stages to its final presentation.  Dr. Hippert and interested student researchers have also co-written an article discussing these results (to be published in Practicing Anthropology in Jan. 2014).  One of Dr. Hippert's professional objectives is to prepare students for all kinds of careers, and she strives to use her own research as a venue in which students can practice what they've learned as Anthropology Minors at UW-L to hone their knowledge, skills, and abilities in Anthropology.

As part of her graduate degree (M.A.) in anthropology at the University of Wyoming, Dr. Hippert worked in Hermosillo, Mexico in the summer of 1998, where she examined the effects of multinational corporations on the health of women, paying close attention to the health care services women access for reproductive health concerns.  A portion of the results of this project were published in an article for Health Care for Women International.  For her master's thesis, Dr. Hippert worked as part of a team of graduate students who examined complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in two communities in the Rocky Mountains.  For her part of the project, Dr. Hippert interviewed doctors and nurse practitioners to reveal the ways that they talked to their patients about using CAM.  Her unpublished manuscript, "Biomedical Practitioners and Alternative Medicine: Changing Health Care in the Central Rocky Mountains," discusses the results of this project.                            

Dr. Hippert's next research project will again examine people's access to food, but instead of in La Crosse, WI, she will be traveling to the Dominican Republic.  In order to prepare for this new project, Dr. Hippert attended an invitation-only symposium in social network analysis from July 22-28, 2012, sponsored by the National Science Foundation at the Duke University Marine Laboratory in Beaufort, NC.  Social network analysis is part of her new long-term research project examining household food security among Haitian migrants living and working in the Dominican Republic.





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