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Dvera Saxton, PhD

Atlantic Fellow at GBHI
UCsf Memory and aging center
Home Country: USA
Profession: Medical & Environmental Anthropologist

Dvera Saxton is completing a book manuscript, "The Devil's Fruit: Farmworkers, Health, and Environmental Justice," which explores the ways she merged ethnographic and activist methods to address farmworker health concerns about pesticides and other layered disparities and injustices. This work triggered her interests in farmworker brain health and aging, especially with respect to Parkinson's disease and other neurodegenerative diseases affecting the brain and mobility.

As an Atlantic Fellow at at GBHI, I want to deepen my students’ engagement with the relationships between brain health and toxic exposures.

Saxton believes in community-based approaches to research design and problem solving. As an Atlantic Fellow at at GBHI, she wants to deepen her students' engagement with the relationships between brain health and toxic exposures. By developing new community based research projects on brain health in rural Latino communities, she wants to train students to assess, analyze, and intervene, professionally and civically, as scholars, practitioners, and activists. When she is not teaching, writing, and doing scholar activism, Saxton likes to walk and hike with her dog, Yerba, cook and bake, garden, and do strength and high intensity interval training.

Bio: Dvera Saxton received her doctorate in anthropology, with an emphasis in race, gender, and social justice, from the American University in Washington, DC. From 2013-2014, she was a postdoctoral research fellow with the Social Science Environmental Health Institute at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Since 2014, she has worked as an assistant professor in the Anthropology Department at Fresno State, where she teaches on topics related to health, environment, sex, gender and sexuality, and coordinates the internship program.