Jennifer Barr

Jennifer Barr (2019)


  • Masters of Public Health, Global Health – Emory University (2013-2019)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Anthropology – Emory University (2011-2019)
  • Master of Arts, Anthropology – Emory University (2011-2013)
  • Emergency Medical Technician – San Diego City College (2011-2011)
  • B.S., B.A., Anthropology; Creative Writing – University of California, Riverside (2006-2010)

Leadership Positions

  • Researcher and Writer – Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (Sep 2020 – Present)
  • Freelance Consultant (Mar 2020 – Present)
  • Research Anthropologist- US Army Corps of Engineers ERDC (Nov 2019 – Mar 2020)
  • Volunteer and Intern – Safai Karmachari Andolan (May 2016 – May 2019)


  • NGOs Have a Moral Obligation to Manual Scavengers in India

  • What do we mean by improving sanitation?

  • “Drains and Religious Exceptionalism.”

  • Why there’s always a line in the women’s restroom

  • Great Stink vs. Great Rebellion: What history can teach us about sanitation development
  • When the city is your urinal
  •  Thirst
  • Jose Polancio
  • Ash


Jennifer Barr is currently a researcher at the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. Her undergraduate studies in both Anthropology and Creative Writing as well as her Anthropological studies at the PhD level culminated in her dissertation in “Private Acts, Public Stories: Sanitation NGOs in India During the ‘Clean India’ Mission” in 2019. Dr. Barr currently uses her myriad of trainings in order to address complex issues not only as a researcher, but also as a writer and editor.


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