I am an Assistant Professor in Residence in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut, Storrs and Courtesy Faculty in the Department of Anthropology at the South Florida, Tampa.

I am the PI of the National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, EAGER: Measuring the Effects of Academic Climate and Social Networks on Persistence of STEM Undergraduates (#1747583; 2017-2019; $173,989) and the Co-PI/Qualitative Lead/Program Manager of the NSF grant, The Effects of Social Capital and Cultural Models on the Retention and Degree Attainment of Women and Minority Engineering Undergraduates (#1432297; 2014-2018; $1,499,982).

Chrystal Smith
I am a cultural anthropologist with a doctoral degree in applied anthropology and M.P.H. in epidemiology from the University of South Florida, Tampa. I have expertise in two major fields 1) education anthropology with a specialization in STEM education research, and 2) medical anthropology with a focus on the chronic disease health disparities.

My primary research interest involves using anthropological and sociological theories and methodologies to broaden our understanding about the challenges that women and minorities encounter pursuing STEM degrees and working in STEM higher education. I am particularly interested in applications of my findings that may lead to 1) improving the design and implementation of interventions that support the retention and degree attainment of women and minority students in STEM higher education, and 2) changing program culture so that women and minority STEM faculty are more likely to be recruited, retained and advance in their careers.

My secondary research interest incorporates medical anthropological and epidemiological approaches to the study of chronic disease health disparities, specifically type 2 diabetes risk and management among Latino and Caribbean immigrant as well as other ethnic minorities.

Explore this Web site to learn more about my academic qualifications and research interests. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in collaborating on future research projects or if you would like any further information about my ongoing research projects.

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Department of Anthropology, University of Connecticut
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