Heidi Bludau, PhD
Lecturer, Applied Anthropology
Career Advising Mentor
PhD, Indiana University
MEd, Texas A&M University
BA, Texas A&M University
Office: Howard Hall, Room 334
Web site: Heidi Bludau
Regularly Taught Courses:
Food and Culture
Dr. Bludau's research focuses on the global market for healthcare workers. Her dissertation, "Searching for Respect: Czech Nurses in the Global Economy," examines the motivating and mitigating factors that create a migration flow from the Czech Republic to other countries including the UK and Saudi Arabia. This work engenders a number of research interests including medical anthropology, globalization, postsocialism and gender. Her current research expands this work to consider the different ways that nurses develop and maintain professional identity. Dr. Bludau's primary region of interest, Central and Eastern Europe, leads to additional interests in the history and anthropology of Europe and the European Union.
Membership and Public Relations Chair, Society for the Anthropology of Europe (2015-2017)
Convener, Soyuz (Post-Communist Cultural Studies Interest Group) (2013-2015)
2015 H. Bludau. Creating a Transnational Labor Chain between Eastern Europe and the Middle East: A case study in healthcare. InterDisciplines 6(1):95-120.
2014. H. Bludau. The Power of Protocol: Professional identity development and governmentality in post-socialist healthcare. Special issue, "Health and Medicine: Post-socialist perspectives," Czech Sociological Review 50(6):875-896.
2011. H. Bludau. Producing Transnational Nurses: Agency and Subjectivity in Global Health Care Labor Migration Recruitment Practices. Special issue, "Health and Care Work in Postsocialist Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union," Anthropology of East Europe Review. 29(1):94-108.
2013. H. Bludau and P. Ezzeddine. Seeing Gender in Migration: An Introduction. Special issue,“Gender and Family in Migration,” Lidé Města/Urban People. 15(2):179-184.
*special co-edited by Petra Ezzeddine and Heidi Bludau