Molly Brewer

Molly Claire Brewer

Masters Student, Occupational Therapy

Molly graduated from the UNC program for Occupational Therapy, was a study coordinator for the HHIVE Lab, and a member of the Literature, Medicine, and Culture Colloquium. She studies in the intersection of healthcare and humanities and her research and involvement with the HHIVE focused on how humanities can inform health care practices and the patient experience. For example, Molly took a course on technology and medicine focused around the adaptive and assistive devices used by individuals who have physical disabilities, cognitive impairment, low vision, hearing impairment, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. The course asks how accommodations can be made to allow patients to access their environment more easily.

As the study coordinator for the Falls study, Molly facilitated the group’s journey through the IRB process and continues to support the principle investigators through recruiting. After graduate school, Molly plans to become an occupational therapist and is interested in working with older adults, specifically older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as co-morbid Alzheimer’s and other dementia related diseases.

Kaitlin Cruz

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Clinical Laboratory Science/Nursing Major
Minor in Literature, Medicine, and Culture

“I first heard about the HHIVE Lab at an interest session about the Literature, Medicine, and Culture minor. I already knew I wanted to go into medicine, but the idea of examining the field through a lens other than science never really occurred to me. I’m very interested in delving into this subject, as healthcare is a major part of society that affects much more than just the wellbeing of a population. I would love to be part of a team that helps expand this new field and improves the way we look at health and wellbeing. Besides that, the interdisciplinary work HHIVE is carrying out fits well with my personal interest in the arts and humanities. The blending of fields I care about while being able to learn more about and possibly improve healthcare are why I look forward to working in the HHIVE Lab.”

See some of Kaitlin’s work here and here.

Hannah Doksansky 

Undergraduate student

Interdisciplinary Studies in Health Communication


Caroline Fryar 

CFryar headshotDouble Major in Classics and German
Minor in Chemistry

“I’m really interested in being a part of the work that’s going on in the lab. I’m looking to find a community of people who want to discuss health care in an interdisciplinary, challenging, interesting way, and that’s something that can get lost in the day-­to-­day of providing patient care. I haven’t worked in humanities research before, so I want to learn new methodologies and approaches to research other than the empirical/quantitative work I’m used to. I’d eventually like to pursue the MA in Literature, Medicine, and Culture alongside an MD at UNC.”

Grant Glass

Grant Glass headshotPhD student

English and Comparative Literature



Katharine Henry 

Katharine HenryPhD student

English and Comparative Literature



Lauren Howland 

Undergraduate student

Global Studies


Lorena Millo

Lorena Millo headshotUndergraduate student

English Literature
Business Administration
Chemistry Minor


Izzy Pinheiro

Izzy PinheiroUndergraduate student

Interdisciplinary Studies in Health Humanities



Brandon Rogers


Masters Student, Concentration in Literature, Medicine, and Culture

As a student who graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a B.S. in Biological Physics and a double minor in Interdisciplinary Studies and Creative Writing, Brandon has always taken a “left-brain/right-brain” approach to his studies. However, it wasn’t until he enrolled in a literature and medicine course that he realized how the humanities could shape his research interests in science, virtual reality, and medicine. At UNC, Brandon was part of the first cohort of the Literature, Medicine and Culture master’s program.

Additionally, Brandon was Community Resources Manager for HHIVE and organized volunteers, coordinated outreach events, and connected with scholars in neighboring programs at Duke University and North Carolina State University. His research includes critical making processes (how the act of making can also function as a critique of the object in itself, such as a technological piece that also critiques the society for which it is developed for) and game studies. When he is not playing games you can find him running half marathons and practicing studio art. Currently, he’s looking at master’s programs in neuroengineering and electrical engineering, as well as PhD programs in communication and Science and Technology Studies (STS). He aspires to go into either academia or industry, but ideally both.

Nakisa Sadeghi

Nakisa SadeghiUndergraduate student

French and Francophone Studies
Business Administration
Chemistry Pre-med Track


Audrey Ward

Audrey Ward headshotPhD student

English and Comparative Literature



Sam Weeks

Headshot of Sam WeeksMasters Student, Concentration in Literature, Medicine, and Culture

A native of the mountains of Western North Carolina, Sam moved to Chapel Hill to start his undergraduate career in 2013. He has Bachelors degrees in Biology and English with a minor in Chemistry from UNC. He spent two years of his adolescence living with his family in Nairobi, Kenya, an experience that opened him to the realities of injustice and poverty and set him on a trajectory of pursuing a career of medicine. Sam’s love of literature and preference for people over science textbooks led him to the field of Health Humanities, and he directed some of his undergraduate studies in the Department of English and Comparative Literature towards that field. As a student in what is now ENGL 695, he and two other students conducted a study examining the effects of live musical performance in hospital waiting room environments. You can find out more about that project here (link to the Music Study page here).

Sam is currently a candidate for the M.A. in Literature, Medicine, and Culture and works as the HHIVE’s volunteer coordinator. His interests include Early Modern literature (particularly John Milton and John Donne), the doctor-patient relationship, and conceptions of morality in illness. He hopes to pursue a career in medicine in the coming years.

A sample of Sam’s undergraduate work with the lab may be found here.

Andrew Zavaleta

Headshot of Andrew ZavaletaDouble Major in Political Science and Global Studies

Andrew hopes to pursue a J.D./MPH dual degree program at the Georgetown University School of Law and the Johns Hopkins University-Bloomberg School of Public Health.