Duncan

Whitney L. Duncan

Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Northern Colorado
Areas of Expertise:
  • Mental Health
  • Immigration

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About Whitney

Duncan researches the cultural, social, and global aspects of mental health, including the impacts of migration on mental health. Her book about mental health practice and cultural change in Mexico is due out in 2018 from Vanderbilt University Press, and she is currently launching a new project on Latino mental health in the Denver metro area. She also volunteers with immigrant advocacy organizations to better understand the experiences of immigrants in deportation proceedings. 

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Publications

"‘Lucharle por la Vida’: The Impact of Migration on Health" (with Laurel Korwin, Miguel Pinedo, Eduardo González-Fagoaga, and Durga García), in Migration from the Mexican Mixteca: A Transnational Community in Oaxaca and California (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2009).

Draws on a community-wide study in rural Oaxaca, Mexico, and among Oaxacan migrants in California to examine migration’s impacts on health.

"Migration and Mental Health in a Binational Mixteco Community" (with Regina Calvario, Diana Enríquez, Gilberto Lópoez, and Hugo Salgao), in The Wall Between Us: A Mixteco Migrant Community in Mexico and the United States, , edited by David Fitzgerald, David Keyes, and Jorge Hernández Díaz (Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, UCSD, 2013), 117-146.

Draws on a community-wide study in rural Oaxaca, Mexico, and among Oaxacan migrants in California to examine migration’s impacts on mental health. 

"Gendered Trauma and its Effects: Domestic Violence and ‘PTSD’ in Oaxaca" in Culture and PTSD: Trauma in Global and Historical Perspective, edited by Devon Hinton & Byron Good (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016), 202-239.

Shows how the concepts of trauma and PTSD are mobilized as responses to social and political disturbances in global mental health practice, as well as how the PTSD diagnosis is rooted in gender ideologies in the Mexican case.

"Psicoeducación in the Land of Magical Thoughts: Culture and Mental Health Practice in a Changing Oaxaca" American Ethnologist 1 (2017): 36-51.

Analyzes the role of culture in global mental health practice and the implications of understanding mental health promotion as an economic development strategy, especially in contexts of multiculturalism. 

In the News

"Protecting Undocumented Students Post-Election: From Meeting to Action. Working Together to Protect Our Students," Whitney L. Duncan, Anthropology News, Anthropology News, December 17, 2016.
"An Alternative Therapy Hits Home in Mexico," Whitney L. Duncan, Sapiens Magazine, March 15, 2017.