Aunchalee Palmquist

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology
Lindner Hall - Arts & Sciences 212D
2035 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244 (336) 278-6413


Dr. Palmquist is a medical anthropologist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She received her Ph.D. at the University of Hawaii-Manoa in 2006.  Before arriving at Elon, she held a two-year appointment as Postdoctoral Associate and Lecturer at Yale University, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Global Health Initiative.  She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health-National Human Genome Research Institute, Social and Behavioral Research Branch from 2007-2009.

Current Projects

Dr. Palmquist has conducted research on a wide range of topics, from healing systems in Palau to family communication about genetic test results in the U.S. She has worked in clinical, community-based, and interdisciplinary settings.  She has done ethnographic fieldwork in Hawaii, Palau, and Thailand.

Her current research addresses social inequalities in health, infant and child health, women's and gender studies, and science and technology studies.  

Two projects include:

  • Internet-based breast milk sharing in the U.S.
  • Child feeding beliefs and practices in the context of food insecurity among low-income Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander families in Hawaii

Dr. Palmquist is also working collaboratively with the UNCG Center for New North Carolinians and the Bhutanese American Association in the Triad (BAAT) to improve access to health services for Burmese and Bhutanese refugees in NC.

Students who are interested in gaining research experience in these areas should contact Dr. Palmquist to learn about possible training opportunities.

Dr. Palmquist is faculty advisor for Lambda Alpha, Elon's Anthropology Honor Society, is active in Elon's Women's/Gender Studies program, and is the new Director of Elon's Program for Ethnographic Research and Community Studies (PERCS)

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