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Durham University

Department of Anthropology

Academic Staff

Dr Cecilia Tomori, PhD, MA

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Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology
Member of the Sleep Lab

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Cecilia Tomori studied biology and education at Swarthmore College and obtained her PhD in Anthropology (with a focus on sociocultural and medical anthropology) from the University of Michigan in 2011. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in public health at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health before joining the faculty there in 2013. Dr. Tomori was appointed Assistant Professor in Anthropology at Durham in 2017. She is an interdisciplinary scholar with interests across multiple areas of anthropology as well as history, public health and women’s studies. Her main research addresses the dynamic intersection of social and biological aspects of breastfeeding and family sleep arrangements.

Research Interests

  • Biocultural aspects of breastfeeding and sleep
  • Social and historical aspects of childbirth and infant care
  • Kinship
  • Personhood
  • Reproduction
  • Political economy and health inequities

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