Dr. Natalie Bourdon
Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Anthropology
Chair of Women’s and Gender Studies Department
I have been teaching in the Women’s and Gender Studies and Anthropology departments at Mercer University since 2009. I received my Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Anthropology with a specialization in Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change. My research interests include women’s rights advocacy and legal pluralism in Tanzania, specifically exploring the ways in which Tanzanian lawyers and development practitioners reformulate and utilize international human rights laws to advocate for women’s land, inheritance and sexual rights. Recently, I have been engaged in a multi-sited research project in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Nairobi, Kenya. This research examines the ways in which yoga practice affects how race and gender are experienced, reconfigured and articulated as central sources of selfhood.