Ann Miles

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Ann Miles
Professor of Sociology
(269) 387-5282
3213 Sangren Hall, Mail Stop 5257
Mailing address: 
Department of Sociology
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5257 USA
Teaching interests: 
  • Medical anthropology
  • Gender and family
  • Transnational migration
  • Chronic illness
Research interests: 
  • Modernization and globalization change notions of family
  • Gender and identity
  • Medical anthropology

Dr. Ann Miles is a professor of sociology at Western Michigan University.

Miles works primarily in the southern Ecuadorian highland city of Cuenca, where she has explored several research projects in the nearly 20 years she has been doing fieldwork. Her first and longest project concerns documenting the changing lives of families who first came to the city as rural to urban migrants and now engage in transnational migration to the United States.

Miles has various publications including:

  • Of Butterflies and Wolves: Enacting Lupus Discourse on the Internet,  Anthropology and Medicine, April 2009
  • From Cuenca to Queens: An Anthropological Story of Transnational Migration, University of Texas Press, 2004
  • Radio and the Commodification of Natural Medicine in Ecuador, Social Science and Medicine 47(12): 2127-2137, 1998
  • Women and Economic Change: Andean Perspectives, Ann Miles and Hans Buechler (eds), American Anthropological Association, 1997

Miles has also written and posted on topics in:

  • Body and Society
  • Medical Anthropology Quarterly
  • Social Science and Medicine