In her research and teaching, Dr. Heinemann explores her central interests in medical anthropology, kin relationships, and informal, home-based caregiving in the context of high-tech biomedical health care in the United States. Her background also includes hospital-based social work. Here she became inspired to conduct ethnographic fieldwork which bridges clinical settings and private home spaces in the U.S. Midwest. She currently is preparing a manuscript with a working title, "Transplanting Kinship, Transforming Care: Daily Life on the Transplant Journey," in which she examines everyday life and kin relationships among organ transplant patients and caregivers throughout the transplant process.
Laura Heinemann, PhD. M.S.W. Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work
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