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Dr. Jill Korbin Initiates '11-'12 Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series

Jill Korbin

In the first Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture of 2011-2012, Dr. Jill Korbin, Professor of Anthropology and Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences of Case Western Reserve University, lectured to a packed room of students and faculty on cultural factors of child maltreatment, as described in her study of inner city neighborhoods in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Dr. Korbin has received a diverse range of funding for her cultural and medical anthropological studies on child wellbeing and family violence, and is one of the few anthropologists to theorize methodologies for ethnographic work with children.

During her lecture, she discussed her research which uses child maltreatment as an example of how neighborhood contextual factors, as a proxy for culture, impact children and youth.  Using a mixed-method approach, of neighborhood ethnography and aggregate analyses, Korbin identified three pathways through which neighborhoods impact child maltreatment rates.

For more information on her research, take a look at her lecture slideshow, downloadable here.

As part of the Center for Research on Families (CRF), the Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series brings nationally recognized speakers with expertise in family research to campus each year. The speakers provide public lectures, highlighting the importance of research on the family and its implications for public policy, and provide research consultation to CRF Family Research Scholars. The lecture series began in 1999 though an endowment established in memory of Tay Gavin Erickson.

Dr. Korbin, a recipient of the Margaret Mead Award, a Congressional Science Fellowship, the Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and a Fulbright Senior Specialist Award, was invited to campus by former Family Research Scholar (’10-’11) Dr. Nina Siulc. 

Dr. Siulc, Assistant Professor, Political Science and Legal Studies,  is interested in migration, crime, governance, and interstitial spaces such as borderlands and detention centers in the urban United States, the U.S./Mexican border region, Latin America and the Caribbean. She has explored the area of crime and criminalization of racialized immigrants in relation to narratives of national identity and security.

The next Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture, “Early Environments, Stress, and the Eco-logics of Inflammation” which features Thomas McDade, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology at Northwestern University will take place on Thursday, October 27th at 4:00pm.