Laura L. Heinemann, PhD
Laura L. Heinemann, PhD

Laura L. Heinemann, PhD

Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences


  • Medical Anthropology
  • Kinship, Caregiving

Academic Appointments


  • Cultural and Social Studies


  • Associate Professor

Secondary Appointment

  • Medical Humanities

Teaching Activity

  • Medical Anthropology, Qualitative Field Research Methods

Publications and Presentations


  • Heinemann, Laura Lynn For the Sake of Others: Reciprocal Webs of Obligation and the Pursuit of Transplantation as a Caring Act, Medical anthropology quarterly, 28, 66-84, 2014

Editing and Reviews

  • Heinemann, Laura L. Medical Anthropology at the Intersections. Histories, Activisms, and Futures, Anthropos, 108, 667-669, 2013

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Medical Anthropology: Kinship, Daily Home Life, Health Care Caregiving: Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Medicine Anthropology of North America: Forced Migration, Displacement, and Health

Current Research Projects

  • Creighton University Interprofessional Health and Wellness, Funded by Association for Prevention Teaching and Research "From Hospital to Home: Ethnographic Explorations of Daily Life Following Inpatient Hospitalization" - understand post-hospitalization care using ethnography to examine 1) hospital discharge process, including clinical and family decision-making in hospital settings, and pre-discharge planning for transitioning out of inpatient care; 2) post-hospitalization care in the home and in outpatient clinical settings, with particular attention to families' management of the patient's health-related needs alongside other obligations. New Study in Rural Community context and health infrastructures, using comparative ethnographic methods. Co-Investigator: Social Capital in Refugee Resettlement in Omaha - Qualitative study to understand social capital, including its maintenance and potential erosion during the resettlement process, among both new and longer-term members of refugee communities in Omaha. Collaboration at Creighton with Dr. Laeth Nasir, Dr. Alexander Roedlach, students Chaitrie Desai and Melanie Kim, Community Partners Claire Herzog, Joseph Voorhees, Celeste Mitchell.

Grant Funding Received

  • Interprofessional Prevention Education Institute Evaluation Subgrant, "Creighton University Interprofessional Health and Wellness." Funder: Association for Prevention Teaching and Research
  • President's Faculty Research Fund Award: Interdisciplinary Team (Creighton) "Pilot Study: The Florence Clinic, Refugee Populations, and Community Health"
  • Rackham One-Term Dissertation Fellowship University of Michigan

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Teacher of the Week, Delta Zeta, Theta Eta Chapter, Creighton University, 2015
  • Professional Excellence in Major Advising, College of Arts and Sciences Dean, 2015
  • IGGY Award, Creighton University, 2013
  • IGGY Award, Creighton University, 2012
  • Distinction - Preliminary Examinations in Socio-Cultural Anthropology, University of Michigan, 2006
  • Director's Award, Honors Program, Creighton University, 1998
  • Dr. Jack Angus Award for an Outstanding Sociology Student, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Creighton University, 1998