Matriculated September 2012
Graduated September 2018
Ekaterina works as a health services researcher at the VA (Veterans Affairs) Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR) in Bedford, MA. She draws on her expertise in qualitative research to contribute to projects related to the use of information and communication technologies in health care, primary-specialty care coordination, health care provider burnout and well-being, and organizational culture and change in health care institutions.
Ekaterina is a broadly trained sociocultural anthropologist who specialized in medical and psychological anthropology, pluralism and multiculturalism, and the anthropology of the Middle East and Israel during her graduate studies. Between 2013 and 2016, she completed fourteen months of multisite ethnographic fieldwork in Israel. Ekaterina conducted participant-observation and interviews at a large psychiatric hospital, a small community mental health care center, and with an NGO that provides training in cultural competence for health care professionals. Her dissertation, “Nervous Conditions: Cultural Difference, Political Rifts, and Mental Health Care in Israel,” examines how clinicians and patients deal with the issues of cultural difference and diversity in Israel’s mental health care settings, which are increasingly called upon to practice cultural competence.
A native of Russia, Ekaterina earned her BA and MA in Middle East Studies at Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod. She completed a postgraduate fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, as well as received training in teaching college writing from the Writing Program at Boston University, where she taught in 2017-2018.
Fellowships, Grants, and Awards
The Boston University Writing Program’s Graduate Writing Fellowship
Social Science Research Council Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship
Boston University Graduate Research Abroad Fellowship (long-term)
David V. Karney Fund for Judaic Studies research stipend
Boston University Graduate Research Abroad Fellowship (short-term)
Boston University Dean’s Fellowship
Department of Anthropology Outstanding Teaching Fellow (2014 and 2017)