Holly Marie Sumner

Holly Marie Sumner

Research Interest

Research Sub-interest

Medical Anthropology, Media and Technology, Development, Human Rights, Literature and Translation, Infrastructure, Economy


Central America; Nicaragua


Holly's primary research involves the parallels between the sociopolitical and the domestic, particularly the intergenerational transmission of violence. She explores this topic in Managua, Nicaragua, where she lived from late 2013 to May 2019. Her current project revolves Facebook memes created by opposition groups and government supporters during Nicaragua's 2018–2019 sociopolitical conflict. Previously, she researched higher-ed teaching methodologies in conflict-affected areas. She is broadly interested in topics across sociocultural and medical anthropology and plans to pursue a doctoral degree.


Harvard Graduate School of Education, EdM in International Education Policy, 2017

Universidad Americana (Managua, Nicaragua), BS in International Development, 2016

University of Massachusetts-Boston, Certificate in Spanish/English Translation, 2015