About Dr. Pritzker
I am a linguistic and medical anthropologist with an emphasis in psychological and biocultural medical anthropology, as well as a licensed practitioner of Chinese medicine. My work, very broadly, investigates how both health and healthcare are mediated by interaction in multiple cultural settings. My research thus far has focused on three principal areas, including translation in the practice of Chinese medicine, psychology in China, and the study of language and emotion in human relationships.
I received my Ph.D. in 2011 from the UCLA Department of Anthropology, where Drs. Elinor Ochs (linguistic anthropology) and Linda Garro (psychological/medical anthropology) served as my co-chairs. At UCLA, I also worked under the direction of Drs. Yunxiang Yan (sociocultural anthropology), Hongyin Tao (Chinese linguistics), and KaKit Hui (medicine). My first faculty appointment was in the UCLA Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research, where I worked as a researcher with a focus on integrative medicine. In 2015, I joined the faculty of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Alabama. At UA, I am active in the core program in biocultural medical anthropology and serve as the department’s sole linguistic anthropologist. I am also active in the interdepartmental Linguistics and Asian Studies minors.