Ann Miles

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Ann Miles
Professor of Sociology
(269) 387-5282
3213 Sangren Hall, Mail Stop 5257
Mailing address: 
Department of Sociology
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5257 USA
Teaching interests: 
  • Medical anthropology
  • Gender and family
  • Transnational migration
  • Chronic illness
Research interests: 
  • Modernization and globalization change notions of family
  • Gender and identity
  • Medical anthropology

Dr. Ann  Miles is a cultural anthropologist and a professor of sociology at Western Michigan University.

Miles works primarily in the southern Ecuadorian highland city of Cuenca, where she has explored several research projects in 25 years she has been doing ethnographic fieldwork. Her research includes studies of globalization, transnational migration and gender, health and culture change.

Miles has various publications including:

  • Healthcare Imaginaries and Retirement Migration to Cuenca, Ecuador. Journal of Latin American Geography. March 2015.
  • Living With Lupus: Women and Chronic Illness in Ecuador. University of Texas Press 2013.
  • Of Butterflies and Wolves: Enacting Lupus Discourse on the Internet, Anthropology and Medicine, April 2009.
  • From Cuenca to Queens: An Anthropological Story of Transnational Migration, University of Texas Press, 2004
  • Radio and the Commodification of Natural Medicine in Ecuador, Social Science and Medicine 27(12):2127-2137, 1998
  • Women and Economic Change: Andean Perspectives, Ann Miles and Hans Buechler (eds), American Anthropological Association, 1997

The journals she has published in include:

  • Body and Society
  • Medical Anthropology Quarterly
  • Social Science and Medicine
  • Anthropology and Medicine
  • Ethos