Erica Gibson, Ph.D.
Dr. Erica Gibson is Assistant Professor of Anthropology, and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. Dr. Gibson’s degrees are:
- Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Alabama;
- M.A., Anthropology, Louisiana State University;
- B.A., Anthropology, University of Houston.
Dr. Gibson teaches Field Methods in Ethnology which covers qualitative and quantitative methods used in the social sciences, Women’s Health with a global focus, and medical anthropology courses including Cultures, Pregnancy, and Birth. As a Bio-cultural Medical Anthropologist, Dr. Gibson’s research focus is women’s reproductive health from an anthropological and feminist perspective. She has conducted research among women during the perinatal period in the United States and Mexico for the past four years. Dr. Gibson is looking forward to expanding her research on the perinatal period to Italy and will give two lectures on related topics to SAI students during her research time abroad.
Mary Ann McGarry, Ed.D.
Dr. Mary Ann McGarry is Associate Professor of Science Education and Environmental Science and Policy at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire. Dr. McGarry’ s degrees are:
- Ed.D., Science Education, University of Maine;
- M.S., Earth Science, Northern Arizona University;
- B.A., Environmental Education, Dartmouth College.
One of her teaching responsibilities is environmental geology, with a key learning outcome being to specifically raise student awareness about how to reduce loss of life and property damage from natural disasters like volcanoes. Italy has two active volcanoes of significance and Vesuvius in particular is threatening as it is so near Naples- a large population center. Dr. McGarry is interested in researching how Italian service agencies develop resources and educational campaigns to prepare people for dealing with potentially very hazardous volcanic eruptions. She is looking forward to giving two lectures to SAI students and involving students in Italy in her research. Plymouth State University’s Dr. Mary Ann McGarry to Study Volcanoes in Italy.
Read Professor McGarry’s blog here.