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Dr. Tara Hefferan

Tara Hefferan


Affiliate Professor

Office: 224 Lake Michigan Hall

Phone: 616-331-8934



Dr. Tara Hefferan is an applied anthropologist, with research and teaching interests that span medical and cultural anthropology to include women's reproduction, economic development, and power/knowledge.  She earned the Ph.D. in anthropology from Michigan State University, on faith-based partnerships linking Catholic parishes in Michigan and Haiti. Her work has been published by Kumarian Press in the book Twinning Faith and Development:  Catholic Parish Partnering in the US and Haiti.

She has also co-edited with Julie Adkins and Laurie Occhipinti two books focused on faith-based development:  Not by Faith Alone:  Social Services, Social Justice, and Faith-based Organizations in the United States and Bridging the Gaps:  Faith-based Organizations, Neoliberalism, and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean.  Dr. Hefferan has co-edited with Keri Brondo a special issue of the NAPA Bulletin entitled "Intersections of Faith and Development in Local and Global Contexts."

Currently, Dr. Hefferan is working with home birth midwives in Michigan to explore issues surrounding state licensure of Certified Professional Midwives.