Jerome W. Crowder, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor

Associate Director, IMH

Curriculum Vita (short)

Medical & Visual Anthropology, Ethnographic Methods, Technology, Immigration & Health, Health Decision Making, Urbanization in Latin America.

2000   Post Doctoral Fellowship, School of Public Health, University of Texas Health
Science Center, Houston, Texas.

1998   Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

1994   Graduate Certificate in Latin American Studies, Center for Latin American
Studies (CLAS), University of Pittsburgh.

1989   B.A., Anthropology, University of Texas, Austin, Texas.



Dr. Crowder is a medical and visual anthropologist who has worked in Bolivia (since 1989) and Perú (since 2003) and most recently in East Houston (since 2006) and Galveston (since 2010). He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998 and then held a National Cancer Institute Post-Doc at the U-Texas Health Science Center-Houston, School of Public Health for a year through (2000). Crowder then moved to the University of Houston as a Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology and by 2006 became an Assistant Research Professor with several federally sponsored grants, including two from the National Science Foundation, as well as the Associate Director of the Visual Studies program at U. Houston. In 2009 Crowder was made Assistant Dean for Technology and Communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences where he served until coming to UTMB in the fall of 2010. Crowder has published in professional journals, including Medical Anthropology Quarterly as well as Visual Anthropology Review. His exhibit of photos documenting the lives of rural-urban migrants in Bolivia, Sueños Urbanos: Urban Dreams- The Search for a Better Life in Bolivia has toured the United States and South America since it opened in 2000 and was most recently hung in the Student Center at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (2014-2015) . Crowder is the co-author of a recently published book by Bloomsbury Press titled, Visual Research: A Concise Introduction to Thinking Visually (2013). Among other obligations Crowder serves on the Boards of the Society for Visual Anthropology and Society for Humanistic Anthropology, reviews applications for the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio program and many visual and anthropology journals, as well as teaches colleagues systematic visual analysis for the NSF sponsored Short-Courses in Research Methods. 

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