Andrea Klimt, PhD
Sociology / Anthropology
Liberal Arts 392H
- Health and Society BA
- Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies & Theory PhD
- Portuguese Studies MA
- Sociology & Anthropology BA
Cross-disciplinary debates about health, wellness and health care. The course challenges students to look critically at health care practices and understand the complexities of health policy; understand the impact of culture and historical change on understandings of health, illness and the body; and see how globalizing economies and structures of inequality shape illness, health care, and individual well-being.
Exploration of how culture and systems of social inequality shape health and health care practices in different societies around the world. The course examines cultural concepts of health, illness, and healing; the nature of the therapeutic encounter; and the impact of differences in wealth, race, gender on health and access to health care. This course is especially relevant for students pursuing careers in health and social service fields and who are interested in understanding culture and cultural diversity.
Directed readings and analysis in selected sociological topics. Cross-listed as WMS 350 with appropriate topic.
Internships in community-based, social service, cultural or other relevant organizations. Work will be supervised by an on-site sponsor as well as the seminar instructor. Students are responsible for securing their own placements, and are encouraged to consult the list of potential placements on the department website. All placements must be approved by the instructor. Students are required to attend several seminar meetings during the scheduled class time, keep a journal and write a final paper.
Andrea Klimt is a cultural anthropologist interested in the connections between ethnic and national identity formation, class trajectories, transnational geographies of movement, and historically particular conjunctures of power. She has published extensively on the process of identity and community formation and forms of cultural self-representation among transnational Portuguese migrants in Germany and the U.S.
Professor Klimt's most recent research project is on the intersections between aspirations for social mobility and connections to place and community among residents of a gateway city in southeastern Massachusetts. As social science editor for UMass Dartmouth’s Portuguese-in-the-Americas monograph series, she facilitated the publication of scholarly work on the Portuguese diaspora. She serves on the editorial boards for Portuguese Studies Review, Etnográfica, and Interdisciplinary Journal of Portuguese Diaspora Studies.
Professor Klimt teaches courses on cultural anthropology, collective memory, health and healing, the Portuguese diaspora, transnational migration, anthropological theory, photography and visual representations, and social science research methods. Since arriving at UMass Dartmouth in 1997, she led efforts to develop a campus-wide faculty teaching development program and served as founding director of the Center for Teaching Excellence. In 2006, Professor Klimt was awarded the Leo Sullivan Teacher of the Year award.
Journal articles and book chapters
- “Introduction: Lusophone Studies in the US” co-authored with Kimberly DaCosta Holton, in Community, Culture, and the Makings of Identity: Portuguese-Americans along the Eastern Seaboard, Kimberly DaCosta Holton and Andrea Klimt (eds), Center for Portuguese Culture and Society, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 9-23, 2009
- “Divergent Trajectories: Identity and Community among Portuguese in Germany and the US.” Portuguese Studies Review Winter 2006/7, 14(2): 211-240. (Simultaneous publication IN Community, Culture, and the Makings of Identity: Portuguese-American Communities along the Eastern Seaboard. Kimberly DaCosta Holton and Andrea Klimt (eds). Portuguese-in-the-Americas series, Center for Portuguese Culture and Society, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 95-123, 2009.)
- “Introduction: The Politics of Folk Culture in the Lusophone World.” Co-authored with João Leal, Etnográfica IX(1), 2005, 5-17.
- “New Directions and Future Possibilities: Understanding the Portuguese Immigrant Story.” IN In Pursuit of their Dreams: A History of Azorean Immigration to the United States, Jerry Williams, Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, UMD, 2005, xiii-xxxii.
- “Performing Portugueseness in Germany.” Etnográfica IX(1), 2005, 103-121.
- "Do National Narratives Matter? Trajectories of the Portuguese in France and Germany." IN European Encounters, 1945-2000: Migrants, Migration, and European Societies since 1945, Rainer Ohlinger, Karen Schöenwälder, TriadafilosTriadafilopoulos (eds), Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 255-278, 2003.
- "Arguments about Authenticity: Representations of National Selves by the Portuguese in Germany." Vozes do Povo: A Folclorização em Portugal. Salwa El-Shawan Castelo Branco and Jorge Freitas Branco (eds.) Celta Editora, Ltd, 2003, 521-530.
- "Argument across the Portuguese-Speaking World: A Discursive Approach to Diaspora." Co-authored with Stephen Lubkemann, Diaspora: a journal of transnational studies, Fall 2002, 145-162.
- “Investigating Portugueseness: Reflections on Recent Ethnographic Approaches.” Diaspora: a journal of transnational studies, Fall 2002, 277-293.
- "The Myth of Heimkehrillusion," German Society and Politics 20(2) 2002, 115-147.
- "European Spaces: Portuguese migrants’ notions of Home and Belonging." Diaspora, A Journal of Transnational Studies. 9(2) 2000, 259-285.
- "Emigrantes: estratégias, identidades e repreentações" Ler História, 39, 2000, 153-185.
- "Enacting National Selves: Authenticity, Adventure, and Disaffection in the Portuguese Diaspora." Identities, Global Studies in Culture and Power, 6(4), pp. 513-550, 1999.
Edited book and journal volumes
- Community, Culture, and the Makings of Identity: Portuguese-American Communities along the Eastern Seaboard. Co-edited with Kimberly DaCosta Holton. Portuguese-in-the-Americas series, Center for Portuguese Culture and Society, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 2009.
- The Politics of Folk Culture, co-edited journal volume with João Leal, Etnográfica IX(1), 2005.
- Arguments across the Portuguese-speaking World, co-edited journal volume with Stephen Lubkemann, Diaspora: a journal of transnational studies, Fall 2002.
Social Science Editor, Portuguese-in-the-Americas Series – edited the following volumes:
- Azorean Identity in the United States and Brazil: Arguments about Identity, Culture, and Transnational Connections, by João Leal. Portuguese-in-the-Americas series, Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 2011.
- In Pursuit of their Dreams: A History of Azorean Immigration to the United States by Jerry Williams, 2005. Portuguese-in-the-Americas series, Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Republished 2007.
- Azorean Identity in Brazil and the United States: Arguments about Identity, Culture and Transnational Connections by João Leal, 2010. Portuguese-in-the-Americas series, Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, UMass Dartmouth.