Sandy Smith-Nonini

Sandy Smith-Nonini, Ph.D., teaches in the Anthropology Dept. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She was an assistant professor at Elon University from 2000-2005. Sandy’s current research is on oil dependence, debt and “new” energy poverty, with fieldwork in Greece and Puerto Rico. Sandy authored Healing the Body Politic: El Salvador’s Popular Struggle for Health Rights – From Civil War to Neoliberal Peace, (Rutgers University Press, 2010) with support from a Richard Carley Hunt Writing Award from the Wenner Gren Foundation. She has also done ethnographic projects on the politics of tuberculosis in Peru and New York City and on migrant farm labor in North Carolina. She is a former recipient of the Peter K. New Prize from the Society for Applied Anthropology. Sandy received her PhD from UNC-CH in 1998, and her BS from Duke University. She worked as a journalist during the 1980s, and was based for 2 years in El Salvador, covering the civil war for US newspapers. She has been an activist for health rights, farm labor rights, and currently in the movement for clean energy. In 2011 she founded CommunEcos, a non-profit in Durham, NC, which has held over 300 educational events on environmental sustainability.  

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