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Kelley Sams

Visiting Researcher

Kelley Sams, BFA, MPH, PhD, is Visiting Research Faculty at the University of Florida’s Center for Arts in Medicine. She was previously a post-doctoral researcher in social anthropology and global health at the Norbert Elias Center/CNRS/EHESS in Marseille, France and a Fulbright-Hays fellow.

Kelley is a graduate of UF’s College of Arts in Fine Art Photography. After graduating from UF, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger where she used visual methods to reflect upon experiences and knowledge related to health. As an applied medical anthropologist, Kelley’s research takes place at the intersection of the social sciences, public health, and the arts.

Her recent work engages ethnographic photography (seeĀ www.kelleysams.com) and other qualitative methods to study the circulation of public health initiatives in the US and sub-Saharan Africa. Kelley’s work with the Center for Arts in Medicine supports the Creating Healthy Communities Arts + Public Health initiative, a national initiative being led by UF to support effective collaboration between theĀ arts, community development and public health.