Shannon Guillot-Wright

Post-doctoral Research Scholar



Shannon Guillot-Wright is currently exploring how policymakers and researchers bridge ideological divides through her ethnographic work with the Research-to-Policy Collaboration, as Postdoctoral Research Scholar for the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center. 

Broadly, her program of research analyzes health prevention through the discourse of power distribution. She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork with Filipino migrant seafarers in the Gulf of Mexico and is currently conducting ethnographic fieldwork with policymakers in Washington, D.C. Her photo-ethnography with seafarers traces the intersections of migrant citizenship, labor, and political economic practices to understand how structural violence and symbolic violence is embodied. 

Dr. Guillot-Wright holds a Ph.D. in the Medical Humanities from the University of Texas Medical Branch and an M.A. in Human Rights from Columbia University. She was a selected artist for the National Academy of Medicine's Visualize Health Equity pop-up gallery in Washington, D.C. She is the co-founder and president of, a photovoice project that uses photography to highlight the diversity of people, scenery, and architecture, and she sits on the Advisory Board for the Children’s Defense Fund – Texas.