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Assistant Professor Greta Friedemann-Sánchez of the Humphrey Institute

Greta Friedemann-Sánchez

Associate Professor

Phone: 612-625-4747
Office: 267 Humphrey School

Areas of Expertise

Gender and International Development: export-oriented employment, paid and unpaid labor, unpaid caregiving, household economics, family health, gender inequality, gendered economic and health outcomes, domestic violence, immovable asset ownership, Latin America, Colombia

Development Anthropology: epistemology, linkages between economics and health as aspects of human development, feminist economics, medical and economic anthropology, applied anthropology, service policy and delivery


A native of Colombia, Greta Friedemann-Sánchez is an assistant professor of international development in the global policy area. She is an economic and medical anthropologist interested in women's empowerment and gender equity. Her research aims to understand how and why gender equity or inequity is generated inside of homes through the interlacing of family bargaining dynamics, policy, and cultural norms. Dr. Friedemann-Sánchez's research unravels the complex web of intrahousehold relationships through four strands of scholarship: paid labor, property ownership, domestic violence, and unpaid caregiving labor.

National policies and programming can exacerbate intrahousehold gender inequality or strengthen women's intrahousehold bargaining positions. Gathering evidence on the association and relative importance of assets, domestic violence and caregiving to intrahousehold processes is needed, but few surveys collect employment, asset, health, violence, and caregiving data for the same individual. Dr. Friedemann-Sánchez is currently the Principal Investigator of the project "Colombia Individual Survey on Assets, Care, and Violence" (LIVES) which aims to fill these gaps.

Dr. Friedemann-Sánchez holds a Ph.D. in economic anthropology and a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota, and a Licenciatura in Anthropology from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. She completed postdoctoral training in health services research at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center's Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research. Prior to joining the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Dr. Friedemann-Sánchez was a core health research scientist at the Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center.

Selected Publications

  • Van Houtven, Courtney, Greta Friedemann-Sánchez, Joan M. Griffin, Deborah Levison, Agnes Jensen, Barbara Clothier, Sean Phelan. 2012. Is Policy Well-Targeted to Remedy Financial Strain among Caregivers of U.S. Post-9/11 Service Members with Traumatic Brain Injury and Polytrauma? Inquiry Journal of Health Care Organization and Provision Financing.49(4): 339-351.
  • Friedemann-Sánchez, Greta. 2012. Legal Literacy and Immovable Property: Laws, Norms and Practices in Colombia. Development and Change.43(6): 1361-1384.
  • Friedemann-Sánchez, Greta,Rodrigo Lovatón Dávila.* 2012. Intimate Partner Violence in Colombia: Who is at Risk? Social Forces 91(2): 663-688.
  • Friedemann-Sánchez, Greta. 2012. Caregiving Patterns in Andean Rural Colombia. Feminist Economics 18(3): 55-80.
  • Friedemann-Sánchez, Greta. 2012. Paid Agro-Industrial Work and Unpaid Caregiving: The Gendered Dialectics Between Structure and Agency in Colombia. Anthropology of Work Review 23 (2): 34-46.
  • Griffin, Joan M., Greta Friedemann-Sánchez, Agnes Jensen, Brent C. Taylor, Amy Gravely, Barbara Clothier, Alisha Baines Simon, Ann Bangerter, Treven Pickett, Christina Thors, Sherry Ceperich, John Poole, Michelle van Ryn. 2012. The Invisible Side of War: Families Caring For US Service Members with Traumatic Brain Injuries and Polytrauma. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation 27(1): 3-13.
  • Friedemann-Sánchez, Greta, Joan M. Griffin. 2011. Defining the Boundaries Between Unpaid Labor and Caregiving: Review of the Social and Health Sciences Literature. Journal of Human Development and Capabilities 12(4): 211-234.
  • Friedemann-Sánchez, Greta, Joan M. Griffin, Nancy Rettmann, Maude Rittman, Melissa R. Partin. 2008. Communicating Information to Families of Polytrauma Patients: Narrative Literature Review. Rehabilitation Nursing 33(5): 206-213.
  • Friedemann-Sánchez, Greta, Nina Sayer, Treven Pickett. Provider Perspectives on Rehabilitation of Patients with Polytrauma. 2008. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 84: 171-178.
  • Friedemann-Sánchez, Greta. 2006. Assets in Intrahousehold Bargaining among Women Workers in Colombia's Cut-Flower Industry. Feminist Economics 12(1-2): 247-269.
  • Friedemann-Sánchez, Greta. 2006. Assembling Flowers and Cultivating Homes: Labor and Gender in Colombia. Lanham: Lexington Books.
  • Translation. 2008. Ensamblar Flores y Cultivar Hogares: Trabajo y Género en Colombia. Bogotá: Instituto Colombiano de Antropología e Historia.

Google Scholar Profile

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Courses Taught

Course-Work Samples from Students under Friedemann-Sánchez Supervision

Microfinance website developed during PA 5561

Professional Papers

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