IMS Associates

Cultural Anthropology Students

Mounia El Kotni


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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, 2012- present: PhD student

Current research

Mounia is a PhD student in Cultural Anthropology. Her work focuses on Indigenous midwives’ knowledge and women’s reproductive rights in Chiapas, Mexico. After completing her Masters in Cultural Anthropology in France (EHESS), she is currently working on her PhD at SUNY Albany. In Chiapas, she is collaborating with the Women and Midwives Section of the Organization of Indigenous Doctors of Chiapas (OMIECH). Her research with the OMIECH aims to compare 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. Through funding from the Institute for Mesoamerican Studies (DeCormier Award) and the UAlbany Institute for Women (IFW), Mounia has conducted preliminary fieldwork with the OMIECH during the summer of 2013, and attended a Tseltal language school. She is in currently working on her doctoral examination in preparation for her fieldwork.


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