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Box 357260
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206-543-8736

This faculty member is currently not active with the UW School of Nursing.
Marjorie A. Muecke, PhD, FAAN

Psychosocial & Community Health
Box 357263
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-7263

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I am a (public/community health) nurse-anthropologist. This combination of disciplinary fields has taken me:
  • to the streets of Manhattan's Lower East Side as a Visiting Nurse at the beginning of my career;
  • to work in hospitals in Germany, Colombia, New Mexico, and Bangkok Thailand while a student and novice teacher;
  • to the faculty of the School of Nursing of the University of Washington in 1979; at the UW I have enjoyed being an adjunct professor in the Departments of Anthropology and of Health Services as well;
  • to over a decade of work studying the experiences of refugees resettled in the USA from SE Asia, and teaching a campus-wide course on refugee issues;
  • to various consultation experiences in Thailand and Indonesia;
  • to field research in ChiangMai, Thailand, over the past 25 years on the health of two generations from very poor to very rich urban families as they progressed through the life stages in an era of policy-directed rapid socio-economic "development" that brought them family planning, biomedical health care on a grand scale, paying jobs, mobility, and HIV/AIDS;
  • to take five years' leave from academia (1993-8) to work as a program officer in reproductive health for The Ford Foundation, with responsibilities for the Foundation's worldwide work in three areas related to reproductive health: religion and ethics, social science capacity enhancement, and HIV/AIDS
My publications are primarily on my work in northern Thailand and on refugee resettlement in "third countries" like the USA, and deal with gender and health issues. My research in ChiangMai is on-going (the foto is from a trip to visit NGOs along the Mekong River in Thailand in 1999), and will be the focus of my writing for the foreseeable future. As an areal specialist in Mainland SE Asia, I became Director of the Southeast Asia Center (SEAC) in the Jackson School of International Studies in July 2000.
I enjoy teaching senior level students in the classroom and in multi-ethnic or cross-cultural communities. I oriented the current undergraduate course in community health nursing to provide clinical experiences in natural communities. The majority of my master's degree students have, over the years, worked cross-culturally or internationally in nursing, and it is thrilling to see their contributions to their communities grow. I continue to teach in the Advanced Community Health Nursing (ACHN) track at the Unviersity of Washington. I spear-headed the establishment of a joint MN-MPH program through the ACHN, and developed a policy area of study for interested students. I have supervised doctoral research in the fields of of nursing and anthropology at the University of Washington and other universities. Most of the dissertations have focused upon gender and women's health issues, HIV/AIDS, Thai society, and refugee women's health. I am pleased to see that my initial work in opening up the international arena for nursing students' educational experience has matured to become part of the School of Nursing's identity. The School of Nursing now offers students and faculty alike opportunity for individualized learning experiences abroad.
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