IMS Associates

Cultural Anthropology Students

Mounia El Kotni

Mounia placing flowers for Todos Santos


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Lyon II University, France: B.A Political Science (2007), B.A Anthropology (2008)
EHESS Paris, France: M.A Anthropology (2010)
University at Albany, SUNY: Ph.D. student (2012-2014), Ph.D candiate (2014-2016)

Current research

Mounia is a Ph.D candidate in Cultural Anthropology. She just completed dissertation fieldwork with the Women and Midwives Section of the Organization of Indigenous Doctors of Chiapas (OMIECH). Her dissertation analyzes the impact of public health policies on traditional indigenous midwives' practices and women's reproductive rights.

Her research with OMIECH and independent midwives compares the different discourses on indigenous midwifery in order to contribute to the documentation of State-indigenous citizens interaction, and inform the mechanisms of social inequality. Mounia is currently writing her doctoral dissertation and plans to graduate in May 2016.


French (mother tongue), English (bilingual), Spanish (advanced), Moroccan Arabic (spoken), Maya Tseltal (intermediary). 

You can dowlnoad Mounia's CV here.