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Ariana Avila

I am a medical/sociocultural anthropologist interested in care, health, U.S. immigration status, racialization, and food sovereignty among farmworkers and their families working/living in rural Southwest Florida. In addition to being a CPC Population Science Trainee, I am a part of the UndocuCarolina initiative; the Graduate Certificate in Literature, Medicine, and Culture; and, the Graduate Certificate in Participatory Research. I earned my Bachelor’s of Science from the University of South Florida and my Master’s in Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Prior to beginning my PhD program, I served as a Global Health Fellow with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti (2016-2019). I am from a Mexican migrant farmworker family, born and raised in Arcadia, Florida. I love cooking, gardening, plants, and most of the time, blending the three.

Research Interests

farmworker health; the US South; care; US immigration policies


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