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Cristina Pop
  • Graduate Fellow 2011-2012


Cristina Pop is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology. She is currently writing her dissertation focusing on state-driven reproductive healthcare programs in post-Socialist Romania, under the direction of Professor Adeline Masquelier. She earned a Ph.D. magna cum laude in Linguistics from Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania, in 2003 and a M.A. in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from Tulane in 2009. Her research interests are gender and women’s health, vaccination campaigns, the neoliberalization of post-Socialist Eastern Europe,and discourse analysis.

Dr. Pop has completed several field stages in Belgium and Romania, to document the impact of market-inspired global models of healthcare delivery on local understandings of women’s bodies and health. Benefiting from the support of Paul and Elisabeth Selley Fellowship, she also conducted 14 months of in-depth ethnographic fieldwork in Southern Romania. In addition, Dr. Pop has taught Cultural Anthropology, Magic and Witchcraft, and Languages of the World at Tulane, and History of Linguistics seminars at Babes-Bolyai University.

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