Cassandra Workman

Cassandra L. Workman joined NC State as a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology in August 2018. Workman’s research concerns the biological, social, and psycho-emotional outcomes of household water and food insecurity. Workman’s previous research included the psycho-emotional and social impacts of syndemic water insecurity, food insecurity and HIV/AIDS in Lesotho. Recent research assessed household water and sanitation insecurity in Tanzania, with a focus on cultural understandings of diarrheal diseases and child health. She draws on theory and method from several disciplines including anthropology, geography, and public health. In addition to conducting scholarly research, Workman has worked in international development for donor organizations and implementing partners in Mozambique, Tanzania, and South Sudan. She is a member of the Household Water InSecurity Experiences (HWISE) Research Network, a network of water scholars bridging social science and development practice.

Workman has a B.A. in anthropology from Northern Illinois University and a M.A. in anthropology from Western Michigan University.  She earned her Ph.D. in applied anthropology and MPH in epidemiology from the University of South Florida.

Keywords: biocultural anthropology, medical anthropology, environmental anthropology, political economy of health, political ecology, syndemic theory, globalization, water security and sanitation, phenomenology of water insecurity, food security, infectious disease