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Headshot of GCPR student Maja Jeranko. Department of Anthropology, PhD Student

As an applied anthropologist, I promote the importance of developing partnerships, investing in long-term relationships, addressing community priorities, and building community power. Coming from Slovenia, I have long worked across multiple socio-cultural worlds. I came to UNC in 2017, after completing a MA in Latin American Studies at U of Florida, where I worked with a group of scholars who used participatory and interdisciplinary methods in their work across the Americas. These experiences inform my current doctoral project that looks at the ways in which multiple socio-environmental and health disasters shape gender relations in a coastal Ecuadorian fishing village. The participatory Action Research Certificate Program at UNC has been crucial in helping me advance the engaged aspect of my ethnographic work, which I complement by collaborating with a locally based community library that supports girls and women. In the future, I seek to produce different forms of knowledge in collaboration with Ecuadorian people and connect research to audiences beyond the academy and across continents.