Beverly Davenport specializes in the anthropology and social epidemiology of chronic disease in the United States, focusing on race and class as determinants of health disparities. Her dissertation research project examined practices of hypertension management of San Francisco transit operators and offered a critique of the “stress” literature. More recently she has been involved in collaborative applied projects. For example, in 2010-11, she worked with other professors at UNT and TWU studying choice architecture in middle school lunchrooms. In her role as undergraduate program director she has a very strong interest in ensuring a comprehensive experience for anthropology majors, including research experience and post-college planning and advice. Other interests include the anthropology of work, urban anthropology, communication processes in medical care, medical professional socialization processes, and the anthropology of ‘beauty’ and body image.
Selected Consulting Projects
2001-2003 SolanoWORKS-WIC Nutrition Program, Health and Social Services Department, Solano County, California. Dr. Davenport designed a program evaluation using qualitative research methods for a special WIC program for welfare-to-work mothers. She trained nutritionists in basic principles of ethnographic research and writing, conducting monthly workshops to help them develop their ethnographic write-ups of their clients. She provided an overall data analysis, wrote the executive summary, edited the ethnographic portraits written by the nutritionists and integrated them into a comprehensive final report produced for the Director of the Health and Social Services Department.
2004 Ph.D., Medical Anthropology, University of California, San Francisco and Berkeley
1980 M.S.P.H., Health Administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
1978 A.B, Anthropology, Harvard University
Funded Grants and Research Awards
2010-2011 United States Department of Agriculture, USDA-ERS-FNRP Grant, Agreement Number 59-5000-0 -0088, “Testing a Food Choice Innovation for Middle School Cafeterias,” (submitted in response to the RFA entitled Research Planning Grants To Support Application of Behavioral Economics in USDA’s Child Nutrition Programs). Co-Principal Investigator, Amount: $29,592
2009-2011 National Science Foundation Award No. 0850648, “REU Site: Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates,” 2009-2011. Principal Investigator, Amount: $294,545
2011 “Identifying opportunities for nudging fruit and vegetable choices in middle school cafeterias,” Supplement to the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, S111:(9): A75, co-author with Priscilla Connors, Bednar, Caroline, Kennon, Lisa and Davis, Rian.
2011 “Preface to the Proceedings of the University of North Texas Anthropology Department’s 2011 National Science Foundation Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates,” The Eagle Feather: A Publication for Undergraduate Scholars, co-author with Megan Gorby
2010 “Preface to the Proceedings of the University of North Texas Anthropology Department’s 2010 National Science Foundation Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates,” The Eagle Feather: A Publication for Undergraduate Scholars, co-author with David Franco
2009 “Bitten by the Research Bug: An NSF Summer in Denton, Texas, “Southwest Anthropological Association Newsletter, Volume 50(3):4-6, September 2009, co-author with Lisa Gonzalez
2008 Book Review. Doing Health Anthropology: Research Methods for Community Assessment and Change by Christie W. Kiefer. American Anthropologist 110(2):263-264
2007 “Missed Connections: Hypertension and Occupational Health at the San Francisco Municipal Railway,” Research in Economic Anthropology, Volume 26:127-150, The Economics of Health and Wellness: An Anthropological Perspective
2007 “Building A Sense of Community in an Online Class,” Practicing Anthropology, 29(1):12-15, co-author with Doug Henry.
2006 “Witnessing and the Medical Gaze: How Medical Students Learn to See at a Free Clinic for the Homeless,” In Elizabeth D. Whitaker, ed., Health and Healing in Comparative Perspective. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, pp. 119-131. (Reprint of journal article published in 2000)
2003, “’If I Have Issues, You Are There To Listen’: An Evaluation of the SolanoWORKS WIC Nutrition Program,” with Solano County Health and Social Services Department.
2000, “Witnessing and the Medical Gaze: How Medical Students Learn to See at a Free Clinic for the Homeless,” Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 14(3):310-327.
2011 Identifying opportunities for nudging fruit and vegetable choices in middle school cafeterias,” co-author with Connors PL, Bednar CM (presenter), Kennon LR and Davis RE. presented the American Dietetics Association Food and Nutrition Conference & Expo; September 2011; San Diego CA.
2010 "Up and Running!: Creating and Evaluating a Health Promotion Intervention," presented at the Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting, Merida, Mexico, March 27.
2009 “The Caveman, the Tiger and the Stress Discourse: A Paleo-Nightmare,” presented at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 2.
2009 Invited Panelist, “Mentoring Young Professional Anthropologists,” at the Society for Applied Anthropology Meeting Annual Meeting, Santa Fe, NM, March 18.
2009 Invited Paper “‘It’s Like a Jungle, Sometimes I Wonder How I Keep From Goin’ Under’: The Stress Discourse and Urban Health,” presented at the Symposium on Urban Health and Anthropology, University of Houston, Houston, TX, March 7.
2008 Invited Paper, “Marketing madness: impact of tobacco marketing practices on minority communities,” presented at American Marketing Science Cultural Perspectives in Marketing Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 18.
2007 “Gridlock or Intersectionality: Class Consciousness and Racial Identity in Patient-Doctor
Relationships,” presented at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, November 28.