Michelle BirdMy name is Michelle Bird, and I am a graduate student in the Peace and Human Rights program. My research interests are broad – I come from a background in Classics with a concentration in classical civilization (From UA, graduated May 2016), and stumbled across anthropology while looking for career opportunities in the field. Since that time, however, I’ve found myself fascinated by medical anthropology, particularly research concerning nervous system functioning and the human stress response. I also have personal interest in examining the power vacuum that exists among doctors and their patients in Western biomedicine due to a significant knowledge gap. My interest in these fields stems from a disorder I was diagnosed with in 2012 called dysautonomia (POTS, CFS, and NCS, specifically) and the experience I’ve had in managing it since that time, as well as the unique way that patients have utilized the internet to form information networks and gatherings to help each other stay informed of the current medical research and aware of the best ways to manage the symptoms of a rather mysterious chronic illness.

I am currently working together with a committee to organize the PJSA to be held at UAB in October 2017. If you have any interest in the conference or would like to discuss anything related to my research interests, please feel free to contact me by email!

Email: embird@uab.edu