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Laura K. JonesInstructor


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Living Links, National Primate Center, Emory University
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
  • PhD, Anthropology, Rice University, 2010
  • Master's Level Certificate, Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Rice University, 2010
  • BA, Anthropology, Tulane University, 2004


Laura began in the subfield of archaeology, completing summer field school in ancient Pompeii through the University of Bradford in 2001. As an undergraduate at Tulane University, she earned the department’s Arden R. King Prize for excellence in Anthropology in 2004. She also received the Josephine Louise Newcomb Fellowship, which gave her the opportunity to conduct fieldwork at hospitals in Queens, New Delhi, and Tokyo. In 2005, she began pursuing her PhD at Rice University where she studied medical anthropology and was awarded the 2010 Graduate Student Paper Prize from the Alcohol, Drug, & Tobacco Study Group of the Society for Medical Anthropology.

In 2011, Laura was a Visiting Scientist at the University of Texas Health Science Center, where she studied methods for her upcoming postdoctoral work in the Department of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine. She was part of a bioinformatics consortium studying the behavior of critical care professionals. This experience led to the opportunity to study hierarchy in the operating room with primatologist Dr. Frans de Waal, PhD.

After completing her research at Emory, Laura studied telehealth as a Principal Investigator at Kaiser Permanente and wearable wellness devices as a consultant at BioSelf Technology. Laura loves fitness (primarily yoga) and is interested in how wearable tech can be used to integrate biomedicine, technology, and mindfulness.


The Economist Newspaper. (2018, July 5). Mixed surgical teams lead to less medical error. The Economist.

Moody, O. (2018, July 3). Why surgeons go ape when patients go under. The Times & The Sunday Times.

Langin, K. (2018, July 2). Yelling, cursing less likely to break out in operating rooms when female surgeons are present. Science.