Max  Stein


Research Interests

Max Stein is nearing the completion of his Ph.D. degree in Biocultural Medical Anthropology (working with Prof. Kathy Oths). He specializes in immigrant and refugee health, with interests spanning global mental health, religious behavior, and mixed-methods research. His primary region of study is Latin America, where he has worked in Peru, Honduras, and Costa Rica. Max’s dissertation explores a migration network of farmers from the village of Chugurpampa in the Andes mountains of Peru who have migrated to the city of Trujillo, where he conducted ethnographic research from July 2014 to June 2016. This work examines how migrants’ social status influences their migration success and health outcomes relative to others in their community. He is also a member of Dr. Chris Lynn’s Human Behavioral Ecology Research Group (HBERG), where he trains undergrad researchers in ethnographic and statistical research methods and design. In whatever spare time Max can find, he is usually either running on campus, writing alongside his Peruvian cat Lily, or socializing with other grad students re: the vicissitudes of academic life.