Health and wellbeing, ethnobotany, globalization, social networks, knowledge transmission, mixed-methods, Latin America and Latinos in U.S.
Current Research Projects:
I’m a medical and ecological anthropologist and I specialize in research on the connection between globalization and/or social relationships and human health. Specifically, I focus on understanding the knowledge people have about local resources, how that knowledge relates to their behavior, what factors are associated with variation in their knowledge and behavior, and ultimately how that relates to health. I have and continue to research these issues in varying contexts, with different populations, types of knowledge and factors at play. For example, I’m currently collaborating with colleagues on a study designed to capture the composition and changes in the social networks of recently quit smokers in Arizona, how their networks relate to their ability to stay quit, and how information on smoking cessation spreads through their networks. I’m also continuing to investigate how modernization influences the transmission and use of herbal medicine in the home among the Yucatec Maya living in rural Mexico. Lastly, I’m researching the relationship between immigration, diet and social relationships while pregnant on newborn health among Latinas living in the Southwestern United States. The theoretical and methodological approaches I use in my research are varied and depend on the research question and the strengths of the research team.
I’m currently a research assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona. I will be starting as an assistant professor in the department in January of 2016.
ANTH 210 – Peoples and Cultures of the World
ANTH 426 – Anthropology of Food and Nutrition
ANTH 435 – Medical Anthropology
ANTH 437 – Ethnobotany
Current Graduate Students:
Selected and Recent Publications:
2016 Hopkins, A.L., Moore-Monroy, M., Wilkinson-Lee, A. M., Nuño, V. L., Armenta, A., Lopez, E., Vanzzini, S. and F.A.R. Garcia. It’s Complicated: Negotiating between traditional research and community-based participatory research in a translational study. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action 10(3):425-433.
2015 Hopkins, A.L., Stepp, J.R. McCarty, C. and J.S. Gordon. Herbal remedy knowledge acquisition and dissemination among the Yucatec Maya in Tabi, Mexico: A cross-sectional study. Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 11:33.
2014 Eaves, E.R., Ritenbaugh, C., Nichter, M., Hopkins, A. and K. Sherman. Modes of Hoping: Understanding hope and expectation in the context of a clinical trial of complementary and alternative medicine for chronic pain. EXPLORE: The Journal of Science & Healing 10(4):225-232.
2013 McCarty, C. Jawitz, J.W., Hopkins, A. and A. Goldman. Predicting author h-index using characteristics of the co-author network. Scientometrics 96(2):467-483.
2013 Hopkins, A., Jawitz, J.W., McCarty, C., Goldman, A. and N. Basu. (2013) Disparities in publication patterns by gender, race and ethnicity based on a survey of a random sample of authors. Scientometrics 96(2):515-534.
2012 Hopkins, A. and J.R. Stepp. Distribution of herbal remedy knowledge in Tabi, Yucatan, Mexico. Economic Botany 66(3):249-254.
2011 Hopkins, A. Use of network centrality measures to explain individual levels of herbal remedy cultural competence among the Yucatec Maya in Tabi, Mexico. Field Methods 23(3):307-328.