Taryn McGinn Valley

Graduate Student



I am interested in women’s health in Latin America and the US, particularly contraception as a case study for the ways immigrant and Indigenous women interact with dominant biomedical healthcare systems. I use ethnographic methods, including participant observation and qualitative interviewing. I incorporate queer theory, analysis of structural violence, and reproductive governance frameworks in my work. In Guatemala, I work with an international, interdisciplinary team, including scholars and clinicians from UW’s School of Medicine and Public Health, creating community-based collaborative interventions for cervical cancer screening and prevention. In the US, I work with the UW-based CORE Lab to understand the impacts of legislation on women’s abortion care access. As an MD/PhD student, after my doctoral studies, I will return to medical school and pursue residency in Family Medicine.