Deirdre Guthrie

Research Assistant Professor

Innovation Park Unit 113
1400 East Angela Boulevard
South Bend, IN 46617-1364

(574) 631-6580
dguthri4@nd.edu

Deirdre Guthrie


Areas of expertise: Anthropology; social medicine/medical humanitarianism; care ethics and work; intimate economies; cosmopolitan identities (migrations, diaspora, refugees); transnational relations; human flourishing; contemplative practice; resilience and accompaniment; participatory research; ethnography


Deirdre Guthrie is a research assistant professor at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Well Being at Work Project, which partners with global health and humanitarian workers. She earned a Ph.D. in anthropology and gender studies from the University of Illinois, Chicago in 2012.

Guthrie’s research seeks to understand how the evolving professional identity and well being of global health/humanitarian workers impacts the quality and sustainability of care and level of accompaniment of affected populations in vulnerable communities. She studies this in a context where NGOs are increasingly competitive and professionalized and workers face overwhelming pressures to be “change agents” as they witness human suffering on behalf of citizens of the global north.

Guthrie also is a consultant to the “Alive Project” at Rush University Medical Center Department of Preventive Medicine where she designed a needs assessment and trained a team of “insider” (congregants) and “outsider” (medical researchers) ethnographers to conduct field research across five African-American Baptist churches as part of a community participatory health disparity research project.

A long time meditation practitioner and teacher, Guthrie has a special interest in how contemplative practice (such as mindfulness meditation or narrative medicine) can enhance the well being and resilience of global health/humanitarian workers so that they may accompany community members with more presence and authenticity.

Her most recent journal articles are forthcoming: “The Lived Experience of Friction and Flow in a Caribbean coastal town” in Anthropology Now, “Haitian Migrant Borderwork in a Dominican Coastal Town” in Migration Studies and an article on participatory research for the Journal of Qualitative Methods. Also forthcoming by University of Florida Press is a book chapter titled “Mothering as Presence,” part of a book collection authored by female social scientists on the understudied topic of “Mothering in the Field.”