Megan Brown

Graduate Student



Office: Heroy Hall 424
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BS Public Health, University of South Carolina
MSc Global Health Policy, University of London/London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
MA Anthropology, Southern Methodist University

Megan Brown is a PhD student in the socioculture anthropology program, with a concentration in medical anthropology. She graduated from the University of South Carolina's South Carolina Honors College in 2013 with a BS in Public Health, and graduated from University of London/London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2016 with a MSc in Global Health Policy. She attended field school at the Centro de Investigación y Capacitación Rio Los Amigos (CICRA) Field Station in the Madre de Dios region of Peru in 2015, working on a community disease ecology investigation among nine primate species in the region. She has also conducted public health/community capacity building research in Ghana's Central region in conjunction with the NGO Health Protection and Environmental Sanitation (HEPENS). She has worked on women's empowerment, education, and public health projects for the AMAR International Charitable Foundation in Washington, D.C. as well as on epidemiology, mental health, and crisis management for Peace Corps Headquarters. At SMU, Megan is part of the Cairns Lab and previously worked under Dr. Maryann Cairns on the MERA Investigation. Currently, she works under Dr. Eric Bing in the Center for Global Health Impact.

Megan studies resilience and political ecology of health. Her interests include the shifting patterns of health and disease in areas of environmental transition, social cohesion in times of disaster/upheaval, and the use of human-centered design to improve policy and programming in lower-resourced settings.

In 2017, Megan received a Maguire Fellowship to study ethics and inclusion at summer camps at a Dallas area nature center. This was mentioned in the August issue of SMU Magazine. Megan also received a Fulbright U.S. Student Award for the 2019-2020 academic year to study connections between reforestation strategies and health in Costa Rica. This was mentioned in a press release, available here.