Janet Page-Reeves

Associate Professor, University of New Mexico
Chapter Leader: New Mexico SSN
Areas of Expertise:
  • Immigration
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Education
  • Health Care

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About Janet

Page-Reeves is a cultural anthropologist with training in political economy and gender theory. She has extensive experience utilizing ethnographic methods to conduct collaborative research and engage in applied work in Latino and Native communities in New Mexico and Bolivia with a focus on research with women. Her training as an anthropologist provides her with the skills for designing and conducting research using an ethnographically inspired approach. Page-Reeves has been a Fulbright Hayes Research Fellow, a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellow, an Inter-American Foundation Fellow, and a Visiting Fellow at Cornell University. She is a member of the Advisory Board for KNME Public Radio’s Public Health and Poverty Initiative, and she participates in community activities, including the International District Healthy Communities Coalition and the New Mexico Interfaith Hunger Coalition, and she works closely with community residents in the International District, Santa Barbara/Martineztown and the South Valley. In 2014, she was appointed as a member of the New Mexico Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

In the News

Guest to discuss school lunches on KUNM Women’s Focus Radio Program: Rethinking School Lunch in New Mexico/Revolutionary Gardens, Janet Page-Reeves, 2011.
Guest to discuss food insecurity on KUNM Radio: Poverty, Hunger & Homelessness in New Mexico, Janet Page-Reeves, 2014.
Janet Page-Reeves quoted on gluten-free diets by Kim Severson, "Gluten-Free Eating is Here to Stay" Seattle Times, June 16, 2014.
"Food Stamps Can’t Justify Tax," Janet Page-Reeves, Albuquerque Journal, March 1, 2010.


"Conceptualizing Intersecting Dynamics, Disjunctures, and Disparities in the Experience of Food Allergy: A Review of the Literature" Food, Culture and Society 18, no. 1 (2015): 5-30.
Details the state of knowledge regarding the experience of food allergy through a systematic review of the small but relevant social science literature and an exploration of mainstream perspectives and understandings, including an overview of biomedical research, epistemological challenges, and the creation of alternative approaches. Emphasis is accorded to disparities related to gender, socio-economic status and race/ethnicity, with insights for thinking about food allergy as a food justice issue.
Women Redefining the Experience of Food Insecurity: Life off the Edge of the Table (Lexington Books, 2014).
Explores both the structural constraints that limit what and how much people eat, and the myriad ways that women creatively and strategically re-structure their own fields of action in relation to food, demonstrating that the nature of food insecurity is multi-dimensional.
"'I Took the Lemons and I Made Lemonade:' Women’s Quotidian Strategies and the Re-contouring of Food Insecurity in a Hispanic Community in New Mexico" (with Mark Moffett, Amy Scott, Veronica Apodaca, and Vanessa Apodaca), in Women Redefining the Experience of Food Insecurity: Life off the Edge of the Table (Lexington Books, 2014), 85-104.
Documents experience of women from the Santa Barbara/Martineztown neighborhood with food insecurity. Discusses women’s strategies to overcome food insecurity and the article explores the struggles that women experience.
"Health Disparity and Structural Violence: How Fear Undermines Health among Immigrants at Risk for Diabetes" (with Joshua Niforatos, Shiraz Mishra, Lidia Regino, Andrew Gingrich, and Robert Bulten). Health Disparities Research and Practice 6, no. 2 (2013): 30-48.
Demonstrates how structural forces simultaneously directly inhibit access to appropriate healthcare services and create fear among immigrants, acting to further undermine health and nurture disparity.
"An Integrated Approach to Diabetes Prevention: Anthropology, Public Health and Community Engagement" (with Shiraz Mishra, Joshua Niforatos, Lidia Regino, Andrew Gingrich, and Robert Bulten). The Qualitative Report 18, no. 98 (2013): 1-22.
Documents perspectives of community members about factors that influence the risk of diabetes in the Latino Immigrant community in Albuquerque and identifies ideas for culturally appropriate diabetes prevention and self-care interventions.