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- 2016: Ph.D. student

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Current research

Mounia is currently a PhD candidate in Cultural Anthropology. She works with indigenous midwives in Chiapas, and the evaluation of the impact of public health policies on midwives' practice. Her research weaves together indigenous rights and women's reproductive rights. 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 and winter of 2013, and attended a Tseltal language school. Mounia will be returning to Chiapas in 2014-2015 to conduct her doctoral dissertation fieldwork.


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