University of Heidelberg

Coral O'Brian

Coral O'Brien

Coral Iris O’Brian graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. with a degree in International Relations and a minor in Public Health. In her third year of her bachelor’s degree, she studied Public Health and Ayurveda in Karnataka, India for 5 months, followed by 5 months of Sociology studies in Copenhagen, Denmark. This experience solidified her interest in South Asian healing practices and planted the seed for pursuing advanced studies in Medical Anthropology. After graduating with her B.A. in 2015, she spent a year in Tucson, Arizona working as a public health nutrition educator before beginning the MAHASSA program in 2016. Throughout her MAHASSA studies, she is particularly intent on delving into the intersection of nutritional practices, body awareness, and cultural relativism.

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