College of Liberal and Fine Arts

K. Jill Fleuriet, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Associate Dean of the Honors College

Department of Anthropology

Research area: Cultural Anthropology


Phone: (210) 458-5721

Office: MH 4.03.22

Research in Progress

I am a cultural, medical anthropologist with expertise in the qualitative analysis of health and health care inequalities in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Broadly, I consider health, health care and illness from political economic and feminist perspectives. I am particularly interested in the production of health and health care inequalities within the context of transnationalism, biomedical hegemony, and identity. Originally from Harlingen, Texas, I have two primary research areas of interest: 1) reproductive health and health care among immigrant women from Mexico and Hispanic women living in the borderlands of South Texas; and 2) applied projects on Hispanic health disparities in San Antonio and the Texas-Mexico border. My applied work in reproductive health and health care is interdisciplinary with sociology, and I collaborate with community organizations on programming to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable populations. Rebecca Galema (U Denver), Nikky Greer (Temple U), and Sallie Han (SUNY - Oneonta), and I are conducting web-based research on carework/giving experiences among academic anthropologists as part of our larger Carework in the Academy initiative in the American Anthropological Association. Finally, my current, long term ethnographic project in the borderlands of South Texas considers how ideas of place shape leaders' initiatives to promote community health and well-being. 

Find more at Dr. Fleuriet's website.

Honors and awards: Fellow of The University of Texas system Academy of Distinguished Teachers, Member of UTSA Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars, UT System Regents Outstanding Teaching Award, UTSA President's Distinguished Achievement for Community Engagement, UTSA President's Distinguished Achievement for Excellence in Teaching.


Ph.D., Stanford University, 2003


At the undergraduate level, I teach across levels, including Introduction to Anthropology, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, The Field Experience, Medical Anthropology, Applied Anthropology, and Death & Dying. I have designed and led three distinct research and/or service learning study abroads in Mexico and Costa Rica. At the graduate level, I teach Medical Anthropology, Theory in Cultural Anthropology, Anthropology of Gender, Anthropology of the Body, and Teaching Anthropology. I advise students conducting research in medical anthropology, immigration, belonging, social justice and community-based movements in South Texas.

Prospective students: I am currently accepting MA and doctoral students. I am especially interested in applicants whose proposed research focuses on one or more of the following areas: U.S-Mexico borderlands, northern Mexico, and the South Texas region; gender, carework/giving, and reproduction; well-being; health inequalities; chronic illness; aging; and applied medical anthropology.

Current Ph.D. student: Jess Reid
Current MA students: Victoria Benavidez, Amanda Gagliano, Timothy Gutierrez, Chantelle Ruidant

Representative Publications

Fleuriet, K. Jill and Trevor Chauvin. 2018. "‘Living Other Lives’: The Impact of Senior Theatre on Older Adult Wellbeing." Journal of Applied Arts and Health. 9(1)-37-51.

Fleuriet, K. Jill and Heide Castañeda. 2017. A Risky Place? Media and the Health Landscape in the (In)secure U.S.-Mexico Borderlands. North American Dialogue (Journal for the Society for North American Anthropology). 20(2):32-46.

Fleuriet, K. Jill and Thankam Sunil. 2017. “The Latina Birth Weight Paradox: The Role of Subjective Social Status.” Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. DOI 10.1007/s40615-017-0419-0.

Cantu, Adelita G. and K. Jill Fleuriet. 2017.  “'Making the Ordinary More Extraordinary:' Exploring Creativity as a Health Promotion Practice Among Older Adults in a Community-Based Professionally-Taught Arts Program." Journal of Holistic Nursing.

Fleuriet, K. Jill and T. S. Sunil. 2016.  “Stress, Pregnancy, and Motherhood: Implications for Birth Weights in the Borderlands of Texas.” Medical Anthropology Quarterly 30(1):60-77.


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