University of Pennsylvania, PA; expected 2020
BS, Interdisciplinary Studies (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology), Anthropology
College of William and Mary, VA; 2011; magna cum laude
Awards, Grants & Fellowships
2017 – 2018 Perry World House Graduate Fellow, Program on Global Shifts, Urbanization, Migration, and Demography, University of Pennsylvania
2017 Graduate and Professional Student Association Research Travel Grant, University of Pennsylvania
2016 – 2017 Hopkinson Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania
2016 Martin Luther King Community Involvement Student Award, University of Pennsylvania
2016 – 2017 Dissertation Research Fellowship Fieldwork Grant, University of Pennsylvania
2015 – 2016 Judith and William Bollinger Fellow, University of Pennsylvania
2014 – 2015 Emerging Leaders in Science and Society Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
2013 – 2021 Medical Scientist Training Program Grant, National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the NIH, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
2013 – 2017 Benjamin Franklin Fellowship for Graduate Education, University of Pennsylvania
2011 Phi Beta Kappa, College of William and Mary
2011 Gamble Scholarship (full tuition), University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
2010 UNCF-Merck Undergraduate Science and Research Scholarship Award
2007 Murray Scholarship (now 1693 Scholarship), College of William & Mary
Dao DK*, Goss AL*, Hoekzema AS*, Kelly LA*, Logan AA*, Mehta SD*, Sandesara UN*, Munyikwa MR, DeLisser HM. (2017) “Integrating Theory, Content, and Method to Foster Critical Consciousness in Medical Students: A Comprehensive Model for 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)
Selected Scholarly Participation
2017 Invited Lecturer, “Refugees in Philadelphia,” Central High School. Philadelphia, PA. March 2017.
2015 Invited Panelist. The Voices: Black Girls and Women Speaking Out at the Summit on Black Girls and Women in Education. Philadelphia, PA. April 2015.
2017 “(under)exposed: ethnographic investigations of racialized recognition, refusal, and elision.” Panel co-organized with Sara Rendell for the American Ethnological Society Conference on the theme “Exposure.” Stanford, CA. March 2017
Papers and Posters Presented
2017 “Resilient communities, resilient city: Risk, refugees, and race in Philadelphia.” Accepted for presentation at the American Anthropological Association 116th Annual Meeting on the theme “Anthropology matters”. Washington, DC. November 2017.
2017 “Political Diagnosis: Illness Narratives as a Site for Resistance.” Workshop co-presented with Sourik Beltràn at the 4th Annual Racism and Health Conference, University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA. November 2017.
2017 “Racializing Refugees: On Medical Practice & Research.” 2017 Meeting of the Society for the Social Studies of Science. Boston, MA. August 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 Conference on the theme “Exposure”. Stanford, CA. March 2017.
2016 “‘Making a Difference’: Imagining Humanitarianism in Philadelphia.” American Anthropological Association 115th Annual Meeting on the theme “Evidence, Accident & Discovery”. Minneapolis, MN. November 2016.
2016 “Toward a Decolonial Practice of Refugee Women’s Health.” 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 “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.
2014 “Writing Our Worlds: Creating Narratives for Social Justice.” Co-presented with Irène Mathieu at Examined Life Conference. Iowa City, Iowa.
Training & Professional Development
2017 Python for Humanists, University of Pennsylvania Price Lab/Wolf Humanities Center
2014 NSF Summer Institute for Research Design in Cultural Anthropology
2012 LGBT Health Student Symposium, Chicago
Instructor of Record
2018 Introduction to Medical Anthropology, Haverford College
2015 Global Health, Anthropological Perspectives, University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Adriana Petryna
2015 Becoming Human, University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Janet Monge
2014 Introduction to Medical Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Fran Barg
2013 Facilitator. Doctoring IA: Introduction to Medicine and Society, Perelman School of Medicine
2015 – 2017 Graduate Fellow. Center for Africana Studies Summer Institute for Pre-Freshmen, University of Pennsylvania
2014 – 2015 Course Liaison/Co-Director. Doctoring IA: Introduction to Medicine and Society, Perelman School of Medicine
2017 – pres. Contributing Section Editor. Association of Black Anthropologists Section, Anthropology News, American Anthropological Association.
2016 – pres. Health Ecologies Lab Core Team Member. University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice and Slought; director: Aaron Levy, PhD.
2017 Volunteer Health Educator. Multicultural Community Family Services, Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.
2015 – pres. Co-webmaster. Penn Anthropology Graduate Student Blog.
2014 – 2016 Student Volunteer Co-Coordinator. Women’s Refugee Clinic, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
2014 – pres. Student Volunteer. Penn Human Rights Clinic, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
2011 – 2012 Co-Coordinator. Cut Hypertension Clinic, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.