Steven Rhue

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Steven Rhue

Mershon Graduate Fellow

Smith Laboratories
74 W. 18th St.
Columbus, OH 43210

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  • Masters of Public Health (M.P.H.), Ohio University (2018)
  • M.A., Latin American Studies, Ohio University (2016)
  • B.A. Anthropology, B.A. Sociology, Ohio University (2014)

Steven Rhue is a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology and member of the Human Biological Anthropology Laboratory (HBAL). His work and research endorses a critical biocultural approach to understanding human health and well-being. He is an interdisciplinarily trained medical anthropologist whose studies concern access to care and resource (in)security, while his geographical area of focus is Latin America. In particular, his doctoral researcher examines children’s experiences and perceptions of household water (in)security in the urban Amazon of Brazil. Despite their recognized vulnerability and the emphasis placed on improving water and sanitation for children, their voices on the matter are largely absent in research and policy, as children’s needs, realities and autonomy are often subsumed under those of their adult care takers. Thus, very little is known about how children actually experience and perceive household water (in)security. His research is not only concerned with producing a more complete understanding of children’s water insecurity, but producing meaningful insights that will further efforts to support children’s right to water and address household water (in)security.