1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Kristin LaHatte

Conducting Field Research

B.S. College of Charleston
M.A. George Washington University

P.O. Box 400120

Throughout Haiti, Catholic medical mission groups provide crucial healthcare to Haiti's citizens. These US religious groups generally establish a "twinning" relationship, providing continuous support to an adopted sister church in Haiti. Through the lens of everyday life in Haiti, I plan to investigate the delivery of health services by medical mission groups in order to understand the relationship between the care these groups provide and their efforts of proselytizing to community members. Focusing on how these health services affect the poor with an established twinning relationship, a key question in my research is the degree to which local people living in poverty are able to shape how this religious aid is used. I will also consider the views of mission group members, examining how individuals reconcile community needs and the parameters of Christian, particularly Catholic, social teachings, and how they view such assistance as linked to the practice of Christianity. I intend to focus on Catholic twinning groups, but I will also research other Christian mission groups, looking at both their commonalities and distinctions in terms of the care they provide and the structures that constrain their assistance. By employing a local level and multi-sited analysis, my work will explore the execution and realization of "twinning" in Haitian communities and elucidate the effects of conditionality on the construction of health-related beliefs and behaviors.

Specializations

Medical anthropology, structural inequality, development, applied/activist anthropology, faith-based Aid; Caribbean, Haiti.

Graduate Students

Roberto I. Armengol
Ph.D Alumnus
Irtefa Binte-Farid
Pre-Fieldwork
Dennis Blanton
Resident Ph.D. Alum
Lee Bloch
Pre-Fieldwork
Beth Bollwerk
Resident Ph.D. Alum
Jessica Boynton
Pre-Fieldwork
Erika Brant
Pre-Fieldwork
Alison Broach
Pre-Fieldwork
Jacqueline Cieslak
Pre-Fieldwork
Sherri Lynn Colby-Bottel
Resident Ph.D. Alum
Lucas de Carvalho
Fieldwork Completed
Dannah Dennis
Pre-Fieldwork
Jennie Doberne
Fieldwork Completed
Kyle Edwards
Pre-Fieldwork
Anna Eisenstein
Pre-Fieldwork
David Flood
Pre-Fieldwork
Macario Garcia
Pre-Fieldwork
Julia Jong Haines
Pre-Fieldwork
Adam Harr
Resident Ph.D. Alum
Beth Hart
Conducting Field Research
Nathan Hedges
Conducting Field Research
Abigail L. Holeman
Resident Ph.D. Alum
Carolyn Howarter
Pre-Fieldwork
Yu-Chien Huang
Fieldwork Completed
Viktoryia Kalesnikava
Pre-Fieldwork
Jiyeon Kang
Pre-Fieldwork
Dionisios Kavadias
Conducting Field Research
Arsalan Khan
Fieldwork Completed
Kristin LaHatte
Conducting Field Research
Lisa Lauria
Fieldwork Completed
Anna Lim
Resident Ph.D. Alum
Melissa Maceyko
Conducting Field Research
Sue Ann McCarty
Fieldwork Completed
Mathew Meyer
Fieldwork Completed
Aidyn Mills
Fieldwork Completed
Michelle Morgenstern
Pre-Fieldwork
Nathalie Nahas
Pre-Fieldwork
Andrew Nelson
Resident Ph.D. Alum
Melissa Alejandra Nelson
Conducting Field Research
Amy Nichols-Belo
Fieldwork Completed
Jeffrey Nicola
Pre-Fieldwork
Susan Palazzo
Pre-Fieldwork
Mary Pancoast
Pre-Fieldwork
Robyn Price
Pre-Fieldwork
Alessandro Questa
Pre-Fieldwork
Grace Reynolds
Pre-Fieldwork
Lori Ricard
Fieldwork Completed
Lydia Rodriguez
Fieldwork Completed
Giancarlo Rolando
Pre-Fieldwork
Patricia Sanchez Bao
Pre-Fieldwork
Katherine Shakour
Pre-Fieldwork
Harri Siikala
Fieldwork Completed
Sheena Singh
Conducting Field Research
Claire Snell-Rood
Resident Ph.D. Alum
Erick Stanley
Pre-Fieldwork
Julie Starr
Conducting Field Research
Lisa Stewart
Fieldwork Completed
Jack Stoetzel
Fieldwork Completed
C. M. Terni
Fieldwork Completed
Todne Thomas
Resident Ph.D. Alum
Michael Wairunugu
Conducting Field Research
Adam Watson
Resident Ph.D. Alum
Rose Wellman
Fieldwork Completed
Michael Wenzel
Pre-Fieldwork
LuAnn Williams
Fieldwork Completed
Karenne Wood
Fieldwork Completed