Lisa Handwerker, PhD, MPH Faculty Profile

Lisa  Handwerker, PhD, MPH


Department of Anthropology, Geography & Environmental Studies


Ph.D.    University of California, San Francisco and Berkeley, Joint Medical Anthropology Program

    Doctoral Thesis:The Hen that Can't Lay An Egg (Bu Xia Dan De Mu Ji): The Stigmatization of Female Infertility in Late Twentieth Century People's Republic of China

 M.P.H.   University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health, Department of Social and Administrative Health Sciences (SAHS),

 B.A.    Oberlin College Ohio, Double Major: Women's Studies and Anthropology,

                Emory University, Georgia, Liberal Arts, 



East Bay Conversation Project program, “Training for Advance Care Planning Advocates, Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association, February 2015.

 Conflict Mediation and Resolution Workshop, Conciliatory Forum of Oakland,

Conflict Mediator Training and Certificate, 40-hour, 2002.

 Pregnancy Labor Coach Training, Highland Hospital Volunteer Program, 1993.

 Berkeley Free Clinic ,Volunteer Medic, Berkeley, CA 1984-1986.


Infertility Around the Globe: New thinking on Childlessness, Gender, and New 

Reproductive Technologies edited by Marcia C. Inhorn and Frank van Balen, UC Press, 2002, was awarded the Most Notable Recent Edited Collection Book  Prize in 2003  by the Council on Anthropology and Reproduction (CAR) of the Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA). My published chapter is: “The Politics of Baby- Making in Modern China: Reproductive Technologies and the “New” Eugenics.”  


Pragmatic Women and Body Politics edited by Margaret Lock and Patricia Kaufert, UK:  Cambridge University Press, 1998 was awarded “Most Notable Recent Edited Collection Book Prize” by CAR of Society for Medical Anthropology in 2002. My published chapter is: "The Consequences of  Modernity for Childless Women in

Contemporary China.”



California Institute of Integral Studies, Grant for Faculty Support for conference attendance 1996.


University of California, San Francisco, Humanities Dissertation Write-up Fellowship 1992-3                                                                                                


Soroptomist International Award, Dissertation Write‑up 1991-2


University of California, San Francisco, Equipment Grants 1991-3


Fulbright‑Hays Doctoral Dissertation Award, "The Hen that Can't Lay An Egg (Bu Xia Dan De Mu Ji): The Social Significance of Infertility in Beijing, China"; January 1990-1 


Committee on Scholarly Communication with the People's Republic of China (CSCPRC), Dissertation Fieldwork; 1990‑1991


National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Award (#BNS89-13347); 1990-1


Wenner-Gren Anthropological Association Dissertation Fund; 1990‑91


Association for Women in Science, Pre-doctoral Award; 1990


Oberlin College Graduate Student Alumni Award; 1988‑89            


UCB Center for Chinese Studies, Conference Funds; 1988, 1992                     


UC San Francisco Regents Fellowship; 1987‑88


Foreign Language Area Fellowship (FLAS),

Advanced Chinese Language Classes at Beijing University, Beijing, China 1986.



Lecturer, CSU East Bay (formerly CSU Hayward), Departments of Human Development and Women’s Studies, AGES (formerly Anthropology), Health Sciences, and Public Administration. Classes include: Medical Anthropology, Human Development and Interaction, Senior Group Process including Conflict Mediation and Resolution Training; Women In Cross-cultural Perspective, Modern China, Social Theory, Human Sexuality in Anthropological Perspective, Intro to Anthropology, Senior Research Seminar, Socio-cultural Anthropology, Multi-cultural Issues in   Health, Applied Anthropology, Adult Human Development, Life Span, Socio-Cultural Development, Anthropology in the Modern World, Qualitative Research Methods, Child Development etc; In addition to developing syllabi and in person classroom teaching, I have taught online courses for 12 years. 1999-ongoing.


Part-time Faculty, California College of Arts (CCA), Critical Studies Dept, Anthropology of the Body, Cross-Cultural Health Methods, Research and Theories Anthropology of Food 2007-2009.


Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley, Institute for Study of Social Change, January 1998-2004.                                                                                       


Bananas Childcare Center, Oakland. Taught child development classes (including school age children) Curriculum, theory, diversity and tolerance curricula development, and conflict mediation, 2004-6.


Adjunct Faculty, College of Alameda, Anthropology Department, Introduction to Socio-Cultural Anthropology, Fall 2001 and Fall 2002.


Adjunct Faculty, UC Santa Cruz, Community Studies Department, Introduction to Public Health, Spring 1999; Non-profit Management and Grant writing, Spring 2000; Theory and Practice of Culture and Health: Eastern and Western Perspectives, Winter 2001.


Adjunct Faculty, San Francisco State University, Anthropology Department, Designed and taught undergraduate and graduate classes:  Cross-cultural Approaches to Gender and Sex, Urban Anthropology, Applied Anthropology and Endangered Cultures; 1998-9.


Affiliate Scholar (Post Doctorate), Stanford University, Institute of Research on Women and Gender; 1996-8.


Associate Professor, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA. Core Faculty, Integral Health, Anthropology and Somatics Departments. Designed and taught   graduate courses: qualitative research methods, grant writing, medical anthropology, women’s health, contemporary health issues, and anthropology of the body. Served on   school-wide human subject research committee and helped students set up community internships; Fall 1995-Fall 1997.


Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of California, Berkeley, Beatrice M. Bain Research Group Affiliated Scholars Program; Jan 1994 - August 1995.


Literacy, Training Workshop, Berkeley Public Library. Taught literacy skills, 1996.


Adjunct Faculty, California Institute of Integral Studies, Department of Health Education: "Women, Health, and Healing" course; and Department of Anthropology: "Introduction to Medical Anthropology" course; Spring 1995.


Teaching Assistant, UC Berkeley and UCB Extension Program, Introduction to

    Socio‑Cultural Anthropology, planned and taught two discussion sections weekly, helped in preparation of exams and assignments, graded students papers and exams and administered final class grade; 1987‑1989.


Teacher, English as Second Language (ESL), Beijing Medical University, Beijing, China. Taught graduate medical students; June‑August 1985.


Teacher, ESL, Jackson Mann Community School, Boston, MA. Designed, planned, and taught Spanish speaking immigrants, November 1982 ‑ June 1983. 



Consultant, Oakland Unified School District, Model, train and support teachers in

  six preschools in Second Step Violence Prevention Curricula 2005-2007. 


Consultant, Museum Project on Alternative Medicine for Cal State Hayward, Anthropology Department. Conducted interviews with and video taped Chinese Traditional Medicine Practitioners and Herbalists, November 2003.


Consultant, Social Research Application. Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Network (APPN) case study. This is a collaborative four year project funded by the David and   Lucile Packard Foundation. The goal is to develop a model program for use in other parts of the country. Tasks include: identify and interview key players, attend meetings, compile data and write up case study final report (65 pages) April 2001- March 2002.


Consultant,Oakland/Nakhodka Sister City Association, Russia. Conducting a health needs assessment in Nakhodka, Russia. Visited hospitals, clinics, orphanages, schools, and  government health organizations. Co-authored final report (50 pages) March 10-23, 2002.


Consultant, Office of Family Planning, UCSF Family PACT, Sacramento. “Expert”

 consultant for Office of Family Planning, UCSF Family PACT. Met with senior staff in a one day session to develop strategies addressing  hard-to-reach populations served by the Family PACT program. Proposed ideas on program improvement, outreach strategies, evaluation, and methodologies appropriate to the target populations, September 2001.


Consultant, Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA), Oakland. Responsibilities include

 researching, editing, and writing grant proposals, e-philanthropy, Sept 2000-April 2001. 


Consultant, Health Trust, San Jose. Santa Clara County Children's Dental Initiative. Tasks include Grant writing and providing cultural sensitivity perspective; November 2000.


Consultant, "Exploratory Initiative on Human Germ line Alteration and Human Cloning",SF. Women's Health Project includes research, collecting and analyzing data, Organizational advocacy, developing recommendations, and writing a position paper from a women's health and bioethics perspective, July 2000-September 2000.


Consultant, including organizational development, grant writing, program planning,

 needs assessment, evaluation, qualitative research methods, fiscal sponsorship,

  group dynamics, donor solicitation, cross-cultural/diversity, and board development. For example, assisted Berkeley Neighborhood Computers, a non-profit organization that recycles computers and provides hardware and software to low-income families and youth in West Berkeley, in developing and  writing 5 successful grants, 1983-present.



Consultant, Grant Writing Trainings. California Institute of Integral Studies, 1996-7; Cityof Berkeley, 1998; Alumnae Resources, San Francisco, CA, 1997-1999; Foundation for Russian American Economic Cooperation, 2002.


Consultant, Institute of Noetic Sciences. Co-organizer, co-leader, and translator for an educational travel program with a focus on health care and healing for 17 people to Hangzhou and Beijing, China. Incorporated cultural synergy project, March-April 1997.


Consultant, World Institute on Disability, Oakland, CA. Legislative and Policy Analyst for Project on "Successful Childrearing Strategies Among Disabled Persons and Families"; Developed questionnaire, September 1994-May 1995. 


Field Research, interviews with single women from the United States adopting baby girls from China, Fall 1998-2000


Field Research, People's Republic of China. Conducted ethnographic research on infertility, reproductive technologies and sexuality in Beijing, China. Participated and observed in hospital settings of both traditional Chinese and western medicine; Conducted interviews in Mandarin Chinese over 100 female and 15 male infertility patients, medical professionals, and family planning officials; implemented a 36 page questionnaire utilizing qualitative and quantitative methods; collected fertility folklore; Resulted in publications and presentations, January 1990- January 1991.


Field Research, Highland Hospital OB/GYN Clinic, Oakland, CA. Ethnographic research of  perinatal health care delivery system for “high risk” mother and infants, including crack addicts; Interviewed health practitioners and staff including nurses, doctors genetic counselors, lab technicians, and health educators,    February‑June 1988.


Western Consortium for the Health Professions, San Francisco, CA. Designed a phone questionnaire, conducted interviews and wrote a 65-page report assessing U.S. human health resources directed towards Latin America. Project co‑sponsored by Pan American Health Organization; Feb 1986‑1987.


Consultant, International Child Resource Institute, Berkeley, CA. Located funding sources, established a grants resource library; Sept 1985‑Feb 1986.


Field Research, Beijing China. Interviewed medical personnel in hospitals, clinics, and day care centers to learn about China's health care system; Summer 1985. 


Field Research and Exchange Student, School of Public Health, Policy and Planning Program, University of Guadalajara, Mexico. Studied the Mexican health care system, developed research, and interviewed Mexicans seasonally migrating to the United States to better understand their health care utilization patterns; Spring‑Summer 1984.


Field Research, Center for Health Services, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.

   Interviewed community leaders in Tennessee and Kentucky. Author of fundraising

   manual; 1982.


Field Research, Community Health Council, London, England. Interviewed patients at clinics about their knowledge of health services. Designed questionnaire and researched food quality in three hospitals. Interviewed immigrant women about their childbirth experiences in London hospitals as compared   to their native countries; Fall‑Winter 1980


Intern, National Women's Health Network, Washington, D.C.   Assigned to "Rural Women's Health Advocacy Project". Attended government meetings and conferences as Network   representative. Wrote articles for newsletter; Winter 1980.





Book Review Submitted, Huang Yanzhong, Governing Health in Contemporary China, Solicited by editors as an expert in the field. Review expected to appear in East Asian Science, Technology and Medicine,  #41, January 2016.


Interviewed and Quoted for an article, “Anti-Bullying Institutionalized” Parentage, Sproutlings. By Sarah Virginia White; February 4, 2015.


Op-ed, “Library Foundations ‘Adopt a Book” Campaign is Hurtful”, Berkeley Daily

    Planet, May 07, 2009.


“Second Step: Violence Prevention Program Revitalized In Oakland School District”, OUSD Newsletter, 2006.


“New Genetic Technologies and their Impact on Women: A Feminist Perspective” in Gender and Development, p. 114-125, May 2003.


"The Politics of Baby-Making in Modern China: Reproductive Technologies and the “New” Eugenics. Invited chapter for a book, Infertility Around the Globe: New Thinking onChildlessness, Gender, and New Reproductive Technologies, edited by  Marcia C. Inhorn and Frank van Balen. Berkeley: UC Press, 2002. 


Evaluation, Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Network Case Study, San Jose

    Funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. (65 pages), 2001-2.


Book Review of Women's Sexualities: Generations of Women Share Intimate Secrets of Self-Acceptance by Carol Rinkleib Ellison. New Harbinger Publications. In Women and Therapy. Vol. 25, No. 1, 2002.


Book Review of Genes, Women, Equality by Mary Briody Mahowald. Oxford University Press, 2000. In Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Winter 2002.


“The Implications of Human Reproductive Cloning and Germ Line Alteration on Women and Women’s Health: Ten Mis-conceptions”,,  2001.



Co-author of “A New View of Women’s Sexual Problems”. Written by the Working Group On A New View of Women’s Sexual Problems. In Special Edition of Women and Therapy, p. 1-9, Vol 24, Numbers 1/2 July 2001 and in A New View of Women’s Sexual Problems, edited by Ellyn Kaschak and Leonore Tiefer, New York: The Haworth Press.


Book Review of A Flourishing Yin: Gender in China's Medical History, 960-1665, by

Charlotte Furth, Ph.D. Berkeley: UC Press, 1999. Medical Anthropology Quarterly,    

 December 2000.


Co-author, "Bartering Away Women's Reproductive Health Access: Mergers and Expansion of Religious Health Entities" in The Network News, NWHN,  July/August 2000.


Book Review of Infertility and Patriarchy: The Cultural Politics of Gender and Family

 Life in Egypt, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania. In Medical Anthropology            

 Quarterly, Vol. 12, No. 4, pp. 510-512, December 1999.


"Health Commodification and the Body Politic: The Example of Female Infertility" in

 Embodying Bioethics: Feminist Advances edited by Anne Donchin and Laura Purdy. Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield Press, 1998.


Editor, Council on Anthropology and Reproduction (CAR) Newsletter.   CAR is a special committee of the Society for Medical Anthropology, a unit of the American  

   Anthropological Association.   This official newsletter is published bi-annually; 1993-  4;1995-9.


"The Consequences of Modernity for Childless Women in Contemporary China". Invited contribution to Pragmatic Women and Body Politics; Margaret Lock and Patricia A. Kaufert, eds., U.K.: Cambridge University Press. February 1998. 


"How To Select a Health Practitioner That Works for You: Some Practical Advice";

   Available from author, 1998.


Co-author, "What is Managed Care" in The Network News, publication of the National Women's Health Network; May/June 1997. 


"The Hen that Can't Lay An Egg": Conceptions of Female Infertility in Modern China", in Deviant Bodies, Jacqueline Urla and Jennifer Terry, eds. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995, pp. 358-387.


The Social and Ethical Implications of In-vitro Fertilization in Contemporary China". In Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, Vol. 4, Issue 3, Summer 1995.


"Medical Risk: Implicating Poor Pregnant Women". In Social Science and Medicine, Vol 38, No. 5, pp. 665-675, March 1994.


"Yi Xue Ren Lei Xue Ji Qi Yu Zhongguo Chengshi Wenti de Guanxi"(Medical Anthropology and its Relevance to Chinese Urban Problems) in Dushi Ren Lei Xue (Urban  Anthro).Translator Fang Su Mei. People's Cultural Publishing House:  Beijing, 1991 .


"Rural Health Care in China". In Synapse, Vol 32, No 19, UC San Francisco Medical School; Feb 25 1988.


"U.S. Human Health Resources Directed Towards Latin America". A professional report compiled as a consultant for the Western Health Consortium and Pan American Health Organization; 65 pages; 1987.


Fundraising for You and Your Community. Center for Health Services, Nashville, TN; 1982.


National Women's Health Network, Washington, D.C. Wrote several articles for a bi-monthly newsletter; 1997-8 and 1980.



  “Modernization and Unintended Cultural Consequences in a Chinese Orphanage,” Paper presentation for “Children, Orphanages and Geographies”,  “Invited Panel by Rachael Stryker, March 2015.


“Overcoming Dyslexia: Simulation Workshop including strategies for addressing dyslexic children, Co-presented at Willard Middle School to Administrators, Teachers and Parents, Berkeley, CA, January 2015, December 2015.


Café Europa: Movie and Discussion for Holocaust Survivors, Jewish family and Children Services, Walnut Creek and Berkeley, November, 2014


New Genetic Technologies: Impact on Women, International Women’s Conference

 in Guadalajara , Mexico,  2003.


“Social Inequality Pervades: The Implications of Human Cloning and Germ line Therapy for Women and Women’s Health”. Presented at A Conference ‘Behind Many Masks’ Gerald Berreman and Berkeley Anthropology, 1959-2001, Organized by the Kroeber Anthropological Society, and Anthropology Graduate Organization, April 6, 2001.


“The Implications of New Genetic Technologies on Women and Women’s Health: Ten Mis-conceptions”, Presented at a symposium organized by the Boston Women’s Health  Book Collective and The Exploratory Initiative on New Human Genetic Technologies, SF, March 2001.


"Honoring Joan Ablon: Professor as Mentor and Mensch", Paper presented on a panel at The American Anthropological Association Meetings, Nov. 2000


KPFA Radio, Interviewed for KQED Morning Show on September 1999   (Hospital Merger) and February 2000 (Midwives in Crisis).


Invited discussant for Monica Casper's book, The Making of the Unborn Patient: A Social Anatomy of Fetal Surgery for presentation at Stanford University, Medical Humanities Work Group, October 4, 1999.


Invited guest speaker on KPFA Radio Station. August 24, 1999, Discussed the social and medical ethics of egg donation on "The Living Room"; September 15, 1999, "Impact of Social and Ethical Catholic Directives on Local Hospital Merger"; February 2000. One hour show produced by Judith Campbell, interviewed by Chris Welch.



A Conversation with Anthropologists on "What is Art For?", an exhibit with 100 artists at the Oakland Art Museum. Invited Speaker, March 1999.


"High Tech Reproductive Medicine for Infertile Couples: The Politics of Making Modern Babies", Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association Meetings, December 1998.


Discussant for American Anthropological Association (AAA) panel "Reproduction: Policies and Anthropological Praxis". Washington, D.C., November 1997.


"Understanding Infertility Practices: What's Different About Reproductive Technologies in China?" Presenter at Annual Anthropology Meetings D.C., November 1997.


"Health Commodification and the Body Politic: The Example of Female Infertility in

  China", Invited speaker to Pacific Women's Health Institute, Los Angeles. October



"The Contribution of Medical Anthropology to Women's Health", Invited Speaker to

 Stanford University's Cowell Hospital Brown Bag Lunch Series. February 1997


"The Hen that Can't Lay An Egg: Female Infertility in Modern China",  Invited Speaker to Stanford University Eastfest Series. Theme - Sex and Sexuality in Asia. February 1997.


"The Commodification of Health Care and Infertility Treatment: Social and Ethical

    Implications for Diverse Women in Modern China" paper for the Third World Congress of Bioethics in San Francisco, CA. November 1996.


"The Changing Chinese Health Care System: Implications for Infertile Women" presented at the American Anthropological Association meeting in San Francisco, CA. November 1996.


Conference Organizer and Presenter. "Genetic Testing And You A Critical View," UC Berkeley Institute for Social Change. Fall 1996.


"The Social Significance of Female Infertility" at Stanford University, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, 1996.


"Redefining Women's Reproductive Roles: Voluntary Childlessness in Contemporary China" Presented at the American Anthropological Association meetings, Washington  D.C., November 1995.


"Bioethical Dimensions of Reproductive Technologies in Modern China", Bioethics Beyond Borders Conference, Congress Program, Italian Consulate, UC Berkeley, June 1995.


"An interview with Lisa Handwerker" by Reyna Cowan. KPFA Radio Station. A half hour interview on China research. February 1995.


"'Are you pregnant yet?': An Analysis of Gender, Reproduction, and Sexuality Among Infertile Women in Contemporary China". UCB Center for Chinese Studies Symposium   on "Desire, Sexuality, and the Body in Late Imperial and Modern  China”, October 1994.       


"Medicalization and Resistance: The Case of Female Infertility in Modern China", Paper presented on the panel, "Women and Bio-power: What Constitutes Resistance?" organized by C.H. Browner, American Ethnological Society Meetings, Los Angeles; April 1994.


"International Perspectives: Reports From Abroad", Session chair and presenter at the Fourth Annual Congress of Healthcare Ethics and Ethics Committees, "Designs on Life: Choice, Control, and Responsibility in Genetic Manipulation Conference", co-sponsored by the International Bioethics Institute and the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, April 1994.


"The Hen that Can't Lay An Egg: China's Birth Policy Reexamined", Invited Main Speaker for the Annual Meeting of the Association of American University Women (AAUW), Danville Chapter, April 1994.


"Translating Women's Reproductive Health Research into Policy: What is the Future for Anthropology?", Invited session to the American Anthropological Association Meetings, Washington, D.C.  Co-organizer and Co-chair; November 1993.


"Popular and Scientific Representations of AIDS in Modern China: Cultural Values,

 (Mis)Conceptions, and Policy Implications", Paper for American Anthropological

 Association, D.C.; Nov 1993.


"The Hen That Can't Lay An Egg: Conceptions of Female Infertility in Modern China", Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, New York; June 1993. (Accepted paper but unable to attend)


The Convergence of "Tradition" and "Modernity" on Infertile Female Bodies in Late

 Twentieth Century People's Republic of China", Paper presented at the Association for Asian Studies Meetings, Los Angeles, CA; March 25-28 1993.


"A Narrative of National Crisis: Overpopulation and Female Bodies in Late Twentieth Century People's Republic of China", Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association Meetings, San Francisco, CA; December 2-6, 1992.


"Modernization and (Re) production: The Female Body as the Site of Competing National Desires in the People's Republic of China", presented at the Social Science and Technology Conference, Goteborg, Sweden; August 1992.


"The Infertile Female Body in the Chinese Context", Paper presented to the Reproductive Health Study Group, Berkeley, CA; May 1992.


"Stigmatizing Beliefs: Infertility in the People's Republic of China", Paper presented at the Southwest Anthropological Association Meetings, Berkeley; April 1992.


"Contending Ideologies: Gender, (Re)production, and the State in the People's Republic for China", presented at the Women and Anthropology Conference, Cal State University, Sacramento; March 21-23, 1992.


"Reproduction, Gender, and the State: Infertility in the Chinese Context", Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association Meetings, Chicago; November 20‑24, 1991.


"The Hen that Can't Lay an Egg (Bu Xia Dan De Mu Ji): Preliminary Thoughts on Infertility   research in Beijing, China", Paper presented at UCB, Center for Chinese Studies Seminar,   



"The Hen that Can't Lay an Egg (Bu Xia Dan De Mu Ji): Theoretical and Methodological Concerns About Conducting Infertility Research in China." Invited talk at UCSF, Medical Anthropology Program; 1991.


"Medical Risk: Implications for Poor Pregnant Women Seeking Prenatal Care", Paper presented at the Kroeber Anthropological Society Meetings, UC Berkeley; April 1991.


"Medical Anthropology and it's Relevance to China", Paper presented at the First Urban Anthropology Conference in Beijing, China; December 1989‑January 1990.


"Gender, Representation and Other: Women in an Anthropological Analysis of

 Ethnographies on China", Paper presented at West Coast Asian Studies Meetings,

  University of Seattle, Washington; October 1988.


"Dominant Discourse on Chinese and Asians in Alameda County: Myth or Reality?", Paper presented at the Kroeber Anthropological  Society Meetings, UC Berkeley; April 1988.


"Rural Health Care in China: New Trends", presented at the Southwest Anthropological Association Meetings in Monterrey, CA; March 1988. 


"The Impact of New Economic Reforms on the Chinese Health Care System in the 1980s", Guest Lecture, UC Berkeley, School of Public Health, Comparative Health Care Systems; 1988.



  • MANDARIN CHINESE: excellent verbal ability

    Language Classes at UC Berkeley 1983‑1986;

    Beijing University   Advanced Chinese FLAS Fellowship, summer 1987;

               China Fieldwork: 1990‑1991,2004, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013;

                Tutorials 1983‑6; 1991‑1995;

               Co-leader and Translator for China educational travel trip 1997.

               Taught Mandarin Chinese to my bilingual daughter, 2004-ongoing.


  • SPANISH: excellent verbal ability

                 Homestay in Mexico; winter 1979;

                 Homestay in Spain; summer 1981, 1992, 1994, 2010


  • ARABIC: beginning ability

             Classes at UC Berkeley 1986; Tutorials 1990




Alta Bates Ethics Committee, Community Member, 2003-2004 and

September 2014-ongoing.


Willard Middle School, School Governance Board, Voting Member,



Malcolm X, Berkeley Unified School District, School Governance Board 2008-9, alternate and voting member; 2009-2010, voting member; 2008-2010. 


Harrison House, Homeless Shelter for Family, Volunteer, Preparation of Thanksgiving Dinner, November 2008- ongoing.


Families with Children From China, Board Member, Summer 2007-2008


Berkeley Community Health Commission, President and Chair (March 1998-2000;

 served two year term-limit) and Vice-President (2000-2001); Chaired meetings, set agendas, invited guest speakers, developed  position papers for City Council, ran public hearing on hospital merger with more than 200 community members attending, organized community efforts to stop the hospital merger impacting women's  reproductive rights and worked closely with Public Health Officer and other public health department staff on public health concerns, 1996-2002.


City of Berkeley, HIV Education and Prevention Program, Proposal Reviewer for city-wide grants, Fall 1997.


Labor Coach and Translator, Highland Hospital, Asian Health Services, Oakland, CA. Six week training course at Highland Hospital and served as a labor coach/translator (Spanish) 1987‑8; (Mandarin Chinese) 1991‑1995. Berkeley Primary Care Access Clinic, Alta Bates Medical Center 1995-1996.


Community Health Worker at Berkeley Free Clinic, Berkeley, CA.  Trained for one year in primary health care and women's health. Served as a medic/ health educator for the indigent. Tasks included history taking and administering lab tests (e.g. blood, urine, strep cultures and pap smears). Clinic used protocol medicine emphasizing prevention and education, 1984‑5.



Alta Bates Hospital, Ethics Committee, Member October 2003-4.  September 2014-ongoing

American Anthropological Association

Berkeley Community Health Commission, Chair 1998-2000; Vice-chair 2000- 2001,

      Member 1994-2001

National Women's Health Network (NWHN) Washington, DC,

   Board of Directors 1996-2002.

   Chair, Committee on Reproductive Health, 1996-1999

   Chair, Ad Hoc Genetics Committee, 1998-1999

   Member (voted on by national membership), Fundraising Committee, 1998-2002

Society for Medical Anthropology

  Chair, Council on Anthropology and Reproduction; 1993-94, 1995-9



Women’s Health Open Journal (WHOJ). Invited Editorial Board Member, Openventio Publishers, Fairfax, Virginia.


Medical Anthropology Quarterly: International Journal for the Analysis of Health, American Anthropological Association; 1994-2010.


Medical Anthropology Quarterly: Cross-Cultural Studies in Health and Illness, Gordon and Breach, Science Publishers, Inc.; Peter Brown, editor, 1993-1999.


Social Science and Medicine: An International Journal, Elsevier Science Ltd.; Peter J. McEWAN, editor-in-chief, 1995-2005.


Our Bodies Our Selves, Reviewed and edited chapters for recent edition, December 2003.



  • Traveled, Studied, Lived and Worked: People's Republic of China (Summer 1980, 1985, 1987 and January 1990-January 1991, 1997, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2012, 2013).
  • Worked and/or lived with families: Caribbean, Great Britain, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, and Taiwan.
  • Traveled: Canada, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Soviet Union (Russia), Switzerland and Venezuela.




  • Photography and Video.
  • Cooking. Taught Chinese Vegetarian Cooking Class, Summer Camp 9-12 year olds, 2014; Willard Cooking Program and Growing Leaders Program, 2014-2015.
  • Arts and Crafts: Glass slumping and fusing, basket making, gourd fountain making, weaving, printmaking (etching), knitting, clay and dance (flamenco).
  • Certifications: Birth Labor Coach, American Red Cross Standard First Aid, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, and Red Cross Senior Life Saving , Mediator
  • Red Cross Water Safety Swim Instructor, Swim instructor for all ages. Specialize in children, including children with near drowning, 1992-present.







































Not teaching this semester.