Amber Zabka graduated from Brown University in 2006 with a B.A. in anthropology. From there, she went overseas to Korea to teach English for a little over two years. In the beginning of 2009, Amber returned from South Korea and enrolled in SMU's graduate program. Living in South Korea allowed her to realize that she wanted to go back to pursue further education that would allow her to continue exploring other cultures. Amber earned her Masters degree in 2011.
Her dissertation will focus on Air Force gender ideology. She will research the 'resocialization process' many officers' wives go through in order to adhere to proper military gender ideology. She is also interested in ideas and instances of wives' resistance to military gendered expectations.
Office: 341 Heroy Hall
Entered program in 2009.
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Awards and Honors:
Dr. Mary Moore Free Ethnology Research Award for Pre-dissertation Research (2010)
2010 "Burmese Refugees and Healthcare in Dallas." A publication for Texas Health Resources (with Caroline Brettell,
Shay Cannedy, Lisa Haayen, Carina Heckert, Beibei Yang, and Amber Zabka).