Sandra Weinstein BeverEducation

Ph.D., M.A. Southern Methodist University; B.A., Southern Methodist University

Research Interests

Applied anthropology, academic assessment, migrant populations, economic development, household economy, health disparities, community health, gender


Dr. Bever is leading the nation’s first ethnographic study on the patient experience for people with lung cancer. She serves on the Medical Advisory Board for The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation and is a board member with the Kumeyaay Elementary School Foundation. Her work engaging undergraduate students in research projects in applied anthropology earned her a lifetime appointment as Fellow in the Society for Applied Anthropology. In the private sector, she has worked as a senior ethnographer and director of multicultural research at national consulting and market research firms. Dr. Bever has also been an educational consultant for school districts, universities, private foundations, and Native American tribes throughout California. She has published articles in several journals, including Urban Anthropology and Research in Economic Anthropology. Dr. Bever has more than 14 years of experience teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in anthropology. She joined Walden in 2011 and serves as Assessment Coordinator in the College of Health Sciences and as a contributing faculty member in the Ph.D. in Public Health program.