Medical anthropology, HIV/AIDS, gender and society, ethnicity, refugee issues, development, culture change, political economy; Southeast Asia.

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Patricia V. Symonds joined Brown in 1992 as a Visiting Professor of Anthropology. She is now Adjunct Associate Professor with an areal interest in Southeast Asia and a specialty in minority hill dwellers in Thailand. Her research with the Hmong refugee population in the United States led to further work with that population in the far north of Thailand and Laos. Symonds is a medical anthropologist and she has conducted research on HIV/AIDS in Thailand to discover how culture, political economy, and cosmology can effect populations exposed to this epidemic.

A Brown alumna (A.B., 1979: Ph.D., 1991), Symonds has taught in the Anthropology Department since 1992. She continues research both on the Hmong diaspora to the United States and the Hmong population in Thailand. Issues of Globalization and subsequent changes in life style are of particular interest. Her book Calling in the Soul: Gender and the Cycle of Life in a Hmong Village was a finalist for the Benda Prize in 2005.

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Cornelia Kammerer, Otomi Hutheesing, Ralana Maneeprasert

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