• Adjunct Associate Professor, Global Health
  • Associate Professor, Anthropology
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies

UW Department of Anthropology
Denny Hall
Box 353100
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Seattle, WA 98195
United States

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Rachel R. Chapman, PhD, is a social cultural applied anthropologist. Her current research interests are gender, race, reproductive health and social justice in the urban United States and Southern and East Africa. Her research focus is the political economy of race, gender, and reproduction, especially the impact of transglobal policies on reproductive stratification within and outside the United States. Chapman has conducted ethnographic research in Los Angeles, Cleveland and Central Mozambique. Her recent research was conducted in East Cleveland, Ohio on prenatal care, domestic violence and DV screening experiences of women in an urban safety net hospital, as well as youth resilience and peacemaking. In Mozambique Chapman focused on women's perceptions of reproductive risk, community health mobilization, and household management of febrile illnesses (malaria) in children. Her current research is collaborative and involves following up women in Mozambique to understand the influence of the HIV epidemic on their daily lives and choices. Her work seeks to identify why HIV+ pregnant women frequently do not access antiretroviral treatment for themselves and their unborn or newborn infants and to find ways to decrease loss to follow up of HIV+ pregnant women in prevention of mother-to-child transmission and their own antiretroviral treatment. Her current work with collaborators in the UW Department of Global Health also examines the influence of Pentecostal churches on HIV treatment seeking and adherence in Mozambique and the urban United States.

  • BA (Yale University)
  • MA (Yale University)
  • PhD (University of California Los Angeles)
  • MA (University of California Los Angeles)
Country Affiliations 
  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Shona
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Yoruba
Health Topics 
  • Child and Adolescent Health (incl. Pediatrics)
  • Maternal Child Health (incl. Reproductive Health)
  • Social Justice and Human Rights
DGH Centers, Programs and Initiatives and Affiliated Organizations 

Church participation and ART adherence, prenatal care, racial ethnic health disparities, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, intimate partner violence, teen peace-making and resilience, women's health and development