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Jennifer M. Chertow
Graduate Dissertation Fellow 2005-06, Cultural and Social Anthropology

Jennifer M. Chertow is writing a dissertation on "Gender, Power, Space: Transnational Bodies and the Culture of Health in Tibet." This project examines how the Chinese government has constructed an image of Tibetans as a minority population (Chinese, shaoshu minzu, or Tibetan, mi rigs mi mang) in need of social and economic reform. Chertow analyzes current reforms surrounding women's reproductive and sexual health in Tibet and focuses on the Chinese government's efforts to blend Tibetans into the "One China" national image. Drawing upon theories of gender and ethnicity as well as theories of the state, modernity, and transnational actors, she investigates childbirth, reproductive practices, and HIV interventions for sex workers in Lhasa.