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Dr. Deborah McPhail is an Assistant Professor in Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. A critical health scholar who studies the social aspects of obesity, Dr. McPhail’s interdisciplinary work has been published in such journals as Health and Place and Social Science & Medicine. Dr. McPhail obtained a PhD in Women’s Studies from York University in 2010. Her doctoral dissertation, a feminist history of obesity discourse in twentieth-century Canada, is under advance contract for publication with the University of Toronto Press. Dr. McPhail is also developing research projects in the area of women’s and transpeople’s reproductive health, with particular emphases on issues of health equity and healthcare access. Other areas of interest include: critical theories of health and the body; feminist and qualitative research methods; gender studies; anti-racist and postcolonial studies; theories of class distinction and structural oppression; globalization and health inequity; intersectional experiences of health and illness.
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Dr. Andrea Bombak is a critical medical anthropologist. She recently completed her PhD at the University of Manitoba’s department of Community Health Sciences. Her dissertation focused on obese individuals’ health perceptions and lived experiences across time and weight trajectories. Her MA from the University of Manitoba’s anthropology department examined self-rated health in a Manitoba First Nation. She also holds a BSc (Hons) in archaeology from the University of Calgary. Her research interests include critical perspectives on obesity and public health and lay health perceptions. Amongst others, she has published in journals such as Critical Public Health, American Journal of Public Health, Sociology Compass, and International Journal of Circumpolar Health. Andrea is the Postdoctoral Fellow on this project.