Rebecca Duerksen

Rebecca Duerksen

MA student


Lisa M. Mitchell


Culture, health and inequality

Rebecca is a master’s student working under the supervision of Dr. Lisa M. Mitchell. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of British Columbia Okanagan (2017). As a graduate student, Rebecca focuses on applying ethnographic and narrative-based research methods to better understand and theorize people’s experiences of health, healing, and illness.

Rebecca’s current master’s research revolves around youth experiences of chronic illness in Canada. Through semi-structured interviewing and Photo Elicitation data collection methods, she aims to make visible connections between young adults’ lived experiences of a chronic, autoimmune inflammatory condition known as rheumatoid arthritis, and broader cultural ideas and/or expectations about “youth.” An overarching goal of this research is to identify potential barriers that young people living with invisible chronic illness may encounter when accessing the kinds of resources, accommodations, and support that enable them to effectively cope with and manage illness during a time of life often characterized by immense uncertainty and increased responsibilities as they undergo a social transition into greater independence.