Dr. Sallie Han joined our department in the Fall 2006 semester as an Assistant Professor. She received her BA in English from Williams College (1992), and her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan (2006).
Dr. Han’s major research and teaching interests include the anthropology of reproduction; kinship and relatedness; medical anthropology; the anthropology of the body and senses; gender; and the anthropology of the United States. Other areas of interest include linguistic anthropology; studies of consumption and material culture; anthropology of media; science and technology studies; and the anthropology of friendship.
To date, the focus of her research has been on pregnancy practices that are regarded as ordinary activities in the United States. They include “belly talk” (i.e., interacting with the expected child through speech or other communications, such as touch), ultrasound scans, baby showers, and childbirth education classes.
Her doctoral dissertation, titled The Baby in the Body: Pregnancy Practices and Kin and Person Making Experience in the United States, is an anthropological account of the childbearing experiences of American middle-class women in southeastern Michigan. Information about this study is available at http://pregnancyproject.tripod.com.
At the University of Michigan, Dr. Han was a fellow at the Center for the Ethnography of Everyday Life. She is currently a member of the steering committee for the Council on Anthropology and Reproduction. Dr. Han has also received training as a birth doula and is a former staff writer for The Daily News in New York.
Courses taught by Dr. Han: