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Allison Bloom


Allison Bloom

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Ph.D, Anthropology, Rutgers University
M.A., Anthropology, Rutgers University
B.A., Women's Studies and Hispanic Studies, Vassar College

Office location: PPHAC 312
Office phone: 610-625-7729

Teaching and Research

Teaching: Dr. Bloom’s course offerings include Cultural Anthropology, Health in Cultural Perspectives, and Sociology/Anthropology of Gender, among others. Her courses focus on themes such as gender-based violence, inequalities in healthcare and social service systems, cross-cultural perspectives on the body and health, globalization, and migration.

Current Research: Dr. Bloom’s research interests include the intersection of gender-based violence with health, disability, aging, and immigration. Her current project focuses on understanding how immigrant Latina women receiving services for domestic violence in the U.S. combine evangelical Christianity with social and health services to move forward through violence. Through this study, she is investigating domestic violence from a life-course perspective by considering the long-term effects of violence and how social services can better accommodate aging survivors and survivors with disabilities. Dr. Bloom is an active member of the Society for Applied Anthropology, the Society for Medical Anthropology, and the American Anthropological Association. She regularly presents her work at academic conferences as well as collaborates on research with social work researchers and social service and health practitioners. Her previous research project centered around domestic violence services in Uruguay.

Selected Publications

“The New Shield of the Weak: Women’s Rights As Human Rights for Domestic Violence Victims in Uruguay,” January 2018, Violence Against Women

“ “Practicing” Social Services and “Practicing” Anthropology: A Dual Perspective on Trauma-Informed Domestic Violence Care,” January 2018, Practicing Anthropology

“When Short-Term Care Isn’t Enough: Maturing survivors of domestic violence need a long-term life course approach to health care,” January 2018, Anthropology News (online)