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Tamar Antin, DrPH, MAA


Tamar founded the Center for Critical Public Health in 2013 to establish a commitment to research that centers on the multiple experiences, values, and beliefs of people whose voices are often left at the margins in public health practice and policy-making. She has been working in public health research since 2003 and is currently a Senior Research Scientist at the Institute for Scientific Analysis and an Affiliated Senior Scientist at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation’s Prevention Research Center in Berkeley, CA. (Read more about Tamar)

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Geoffrey Hunt, PhD


Geoffrey received his PhD in social anthropology at the University of Kent in 1989. For over 20 years, he has conducted a series of research projects funded primarily by the National Institutes of Health focusing on youth and ethnic minority cultures. Currently he is a Senior Scientist at the Institute for Scientific Analysis and Professor at the University of Aarhus in Denmark.

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Rachelle Annechino, MIMS
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Rachelle is an Associate Research Scientist at the Prevention Research Center and a founding editor of Ethnography Matters. She has a master’s degree from the School of Information at UC Berkeley.

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Emily Kaner, BS
Research Associate


Emily is a Research Associate and Interviewer with the Center for Critical Public Health. She is currently pursuing an MPH at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health focused on the structural determinants of health, intersections between health and place, and the use of mixed methods in research. She holds a BS in Molecular Environmental Biology from UC Berkeley.

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Em Sanders, BA

Project Manager and Interviewer


Em has been working as an interviewer, research assistant, and project manager with the Center for Critical Public Health since 2016. In 2019 he began managing our LGBTQ+ Tobacco Harm Reduction Study, and spends most of his time conducting interviews, analyzing participant narratives, facilitating a Community Advisory Board, and fostering relationships with local organizations. Em has a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from UC Berkeley, where his interests centered on critical medical anthropology and LGBT/Queer studies.

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Ida Wilson, MA

Project Manager

Ida is a qualitative researcher and project manager with the Center for Critical Public Health. Currently, she manages our Sexual Gender Minority Young Adults and Intoxication (SGMI) project funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). In addition to managing the SGMI project, she manages our student internship program, where she conducts training in qualitative methods and analysis. Ida received a master’s degree in applied anthropology from San José State University in 2015 and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of California, Riverside in 2013. She has been with the Center for Critical Public Health since 2016.