Taylor Livingston, PhD, IBCLC is an Assistant Professor of the Practice in Anthropology and Director of the College of Arts and Sciences Inquire Program. She is a cultural and medical anthropologist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
Research and Current Projects
Her research examines how social support networks, cultural meanings of motherhood, political frameworks and policies, and current and historical views of the intersection of race, gender, and socioeconomics in the US, particularly the American South, shape health behaviors and decisions. Her research interests include: breastfeeding and lactation, Critical Medical Anthropology, Applied Anthropology, health inequities, perinatal health outcomes, anthropology of the US South, biocultural perspectives on maternal and child health, women’s health, and intersectional feminism. Her interdisciplinary, applied work bridges anthropology, biomedicine, and public health. She conducts community-based participatory research using both ethnographic and mixed methods.
Livingston, T. A. (2019). A World of Babies: Imagined Childcare Guides for Eight Societies, Alma Gottlieb and Judy S. DeLoache, eds. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. 386 pp.American Ethnologist, 46(2), 237-238.
Marhefka, S. L., Sharma, V., Schafer, E. J., Turner, D., Falope, O., Louis-Jacques, A., ... & Roig-Romero, R. M. (2019). ‘Why do we need a policy?’ Administrators’ perceptions on breast-feeding-friendly childcare. Public health nutrition,22(3), 553-563.
Vamos, C. A., Merrell, L., Livingston, T. A., Dias, E., Detman, L., Louis, J., & Daley, E. (2019). “I Didn't Know”: Pregnant Women's Oral Health Literacy Experiences and Future Intervention Preferences. Women's Health Issues.
Livingston, T. (2016). Scientific Motherhood. The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies, 1-2.
Livingston, T. (2016). Breastfeeding in Historical and Comparative Perspective. The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies, 1-3.