Download:: Munyikwa CV [April 2017]



MD/PhD, Anthropology
University of Pennsylvania, PA; expected 2020

BS, Interdisciplinary Studies (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology), Anthropology
College of William and Mary, VA; 2011; magna cum laude

Grants & Fellowships

2016-2017  Hopkinson Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania

2016            Dissertation Research Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania

2015-2016  Judith and William Bollinger Fellow

2013 -2018  Benjamin Franklin Graduate Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania

2011 – 2015  Gamble Scholar, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

2010              UNCF•Merck Undergraduate Science and Research Scholarship Award

2009, 2008  Student Conference Travel/Research Grants, W&M Undergraduate Science Education & Research Program

2009, 2008  Summer Research Fellow, W&M Undergraduate Science Education & Research Program

2007 – 2011  Murray 1693 Scholar, College of William and Mary

Honors & Awards

2016            Martin Luther King Community Involvement Student Award, University of Pennsylvania

2015            Emerging Leaders in Science and Society Fellow

2011             Phi Beta Kappa, College of William and Mary



Diane K. Dao*, Adeline L. Goss*, Andrew S. Hoekzema*, Lauren A. Kelly MS*, Alexander A. Logan*, Sanjiv D. Mehta*, Utpal N. Sandesara*, Michelle R. Munyikwa, & Horace M. DeLisser MD. (2016). “Fostering transformative learning in medical students: Adapting critical pedagogy to core cultural competence training”. Academic Medicine. (*co-first authors)

Munyikwa, MR. Review: Anthropology of Infectious Disease by Merrill Singer. (2015) Emerging Infectious Diseases 21(10): 1890.

Flowers BM, Rusnak LE, Wong KE, Banks DA, Munyikwa MR, et al. (2014) The Pseudophosphatase MK-STYX Induces Neurite-Like Outgrowths in PC12 Cells. PLoS ONE 9(12): e114535. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0114535

Barr, Justinn; Munyikwa, Michelle; Frazier, Elizabeth; Hinton, Shanta. (2012) The Pseudophosphatase MK-STYX Inhibits Stress Granule Assembly Independently of Ser149 Phosphorylation of G3BP-1. FEBS Journal.

Bondzi, C., Brunner, A. M., Munyikwa, M. R., Connor, C. D., Simmons, A. N., Stephens, S. L., Belt, P. A., Roggero, V. R., Mavinakere, M. S., Hinton, S. D., and Allison, L.A. (2011) Recruitment of the oncoprotein v-ErbA to aggresomes. Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology.

Non-peer reviewed articles and blog posts:

Munyikwa, MR. “Racialization, Affect, and Refuge.” Anthropology News. February 2017.

ELISS Fellows*. “Reimagining Epidemic Communications”. DomPrep Journal, December 16, 2015.  (*Erion, Grubert, Mosbah, Munyikwa, Paul, Train; all authors contributed equally)

Munyikwa, MR. “(Hi)stories our bodies tell: Experiencing racism”. Guest post on Absolutely, Maybe, A Scientific American Blog. March 9, 2014.

Munyikwa, MR. “Vulnerability as Strength: Thoughts on Changing Medicine’s Hidden Curriculum”. Guest post on Absolutely, Maybe, a Scientific American Blog. February 19, 2014.

Munyikwa, MR. “Out from the shadows of racist anthropology.” Guest post on Absolute, Maybe, a Scientific American Blog. February 22, 2014.


Analyst: Topos Partnership. Performed short-term qualitative field studies on key issues in the political landscape, such as labor reform and gender equality.

Research Assistant: Enrichment for Better Health (PIs: Meera Siddarth, MD and Mary Fabio, MD). Qualitative field-based interview study of nutrition and food insecurity in three refugee populations in Philadelphia.

Research Assistant: Investigation and Characterization of the Pseudophosphatase MK-STYX (PI: Shanta Hinton, PhD – College of William and Mary Department of Biology)  Investigated the action of a novel protein, MK-STYX upon stress granules and the differentiation of neuronal cells. This research was the subject of a culminating undergraduate thesis. Click here to read the final product.

Research Intern: Merck Future Talent Program, Boston MA  (PI: Astrid Kral, Merck Research Laboratories Department of Oncology)   Assisted in purification and biochemical characterization of mutated enzymes key in cancer development. These enzymes were then used to test potential chemotherapeutic inhibitors.

Research Assistant: Recruitment of the Oncoprotein v-ErbA to Aggresomes (PI: Lizabeth Allison, PhD – College of William and Mary Department of Biology)  

Assistant: Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Williamsburg VA  (Supervisors: Anne-Marie McCartan, PhD and Dorothy Reyes) CCAS is an organization that organizes deans of colleges of arts & sciences throughout the United States with a focus on issues of higher education administration. Assisted in the management of databases, e-mail listservs, and mass mailings for the organization. Contributed to maintenance of web content.

Selected Conference Presentations

2017                “Becoming Human/American: Refugee Medicine and Belonging in Philadelphia.” Accepted for presentation at the “Embodied Belonging” Workshop, German Anthropological Association Meeting. Berlin, Germany. October 2017.

2017                “Freedom Dreams: Thinking Refuge as an Imaginative Tool for the Anthropocene.” An Ecotopian Toolkit for the Anthropocene, conference at the University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA. April 2017.

2017                “Refugees and the Emergency Room.” Poster presented at Health Equity Week, University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA. April 2017.

2017                “’I Just call 911…’: Refugees and the Emergency Department.” Co-presented with Amy Zeidan and Utsha Khatri at Emergency Medicine Research Day, University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA. April 2017.

2017                “’it’s a sin to be a woman, to be black’: on asylum and difference.” American Ethnological Society’s Conference on the theme “Exposure”. Stanford, CA. March 2017.

2016              “Making a Difference”: Imagining Humanitarianism in Philadelphia. Accepted for presentation at the American Anthropological Association’s 115th Annual Meeting on the theme “Evidence, Accident & Discovery.” Minneapolis, MN. November 2016.

2016                “Toward a Decolonial Practice of Refugee Women’s Health.” Accepted for presentation at the National Women’s Studies Association Meeting on the theme “Decoloniality.” Montreal, Quebec, CA. November 2016.

2016                “Seeking Refuge: Black Americans Seeking the Otherwise.” New School for Social Research Anthropology Student Conference on the theme “Refuge”. New York, NY. April 30, 2016.

2016                “Refuge from Blackness: On the Case of Kyle Lydell Canty.” University of Pennsylvania Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Conference on the theme “Protest”. Philadelphia, PA. April 21, 2016.

2014                “Writing Our Worlds: Creating Narratives for Social Justice.” Examined Life Conference, co-presented with Irène Mathieu. Iowa City, Iowa.

Professional Training

2014  NSF Summer Institute for Research Design in Cultural Anthropology: Brings area experts and Ph.D. students together for three weeks of intensive study on issues in research design to provide students with skills that advance science in cultural anthropology.

2012  LGBT Health Student Symposium:  Conference presenting current information in LGBT health disparities and treatment.


2015-2017. Graduate Fellow, Center for Africana Studies Summer Institute for Pre-Freshmen.

2014-2015. Course Liaison. Doctoring I, Perelman School of Medicine. Closely involved in curriculum design for a first year course for medical students covering the intersection of medicine, society, and interpersonal skills. Prepared weekly lecturers for their presentations and communicated with students about the course.

2015. Teaching Assistant. ANTH 273: Global Health, Anthropological Perspectives, University of Pennsylvania

2014 Teaching Assistant. Introduction to Medical Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania

2013 Student Facilitator. Doctoring I, Perelman School of Medicine


2015 – 2016   Webmaster, Penn Anthropology Graduate Student Blog

2015                Co-organizer. 6th National Conference for Physician-Scholars in the Social Sciences and Humanities 

2014 – pres     Student Volunteer Coordinator. Women’s Refugee Clinic, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

2014 – pres     Student Volunteer. Penn Human Rights Clinic. Assist in the preparation of medical, psychiatric, and gynecological affidavits for asylum seekers.

2011-2            Co-Coordinator. Cut Hypertension Clinic. Biweekly blood pressure clinic geared towards Black men in West Philadelphia.