Profile: Sarah Horton

Dr. Sarah Horton, Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado Denver, USA. Sarah is a medical anthropologist whose research interests include migration and health, the global linkages between health care systems, Latino migrant health and cross-border health.

Sarah Horton received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico in 2003, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard University from 2003 until 2005. She was research faculty at the University of California, San Francisco, from 2005 until 2007, and is currently employed at UC-Denver, Department of Anthropology.

Sarah is currently examining the global linkages between health care systems through migration, medical tourism, and the outsourcing of health care by health insurance companies. Her current research examines what the articulation of the US and Mexican health systems means for three distinct groups in the US: (1) middle class medical travelers; (2) health insurance companies; and (3) unauthorized immigrants. Through the phenomena of medical travel and the corporate outsourcing of health care, Mexico has increasingly evolved to address some of the health care needs of the United States. While proponents of free trade argue that it will lift all boats, Sarah is exploring the contraditions of a global free trade in health care. She is interested in how free market health care paradoxically expands the illicit and informal health care sectors as health becomes a commodity.

Dr. Horton received a Richard Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Wenner Gren Foundations for Anthropological Research to write up the results of this research this year (2011). She has also received First and Second Runner-Up in the University of California Press series in Public Anthropology for her work.

Sarah may be contacted at Sarah.Horton@ucden

Updated: July 2011