Greta Friedemann Sanchez
267 Humphrey School
Global Policy Area
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Greta Friedemann-Sánchez

Associate Professor
gender; child and family policy; international development; human rights

A native of Colombia, Greta Friedemann-Sánchez is an associate 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.

Professor Friedemann-Sánchez is currently engaged primarily in two research initiatives as principal investigator. The COLPAZ project evaluates the implementation of Colombia's 2008 intimate partner violence law, Law 1257. Despite model legislation fulfilling Colombia's UN and OAS human rights treaty obligations to prevent, sanction, and end violence against women, the law’s objectives remain unmet.

Cover of book, Comisarías de Familia y violencia contra las mujeres en Colombia: puerta de acceso y retos institutionalesDownload full book / Descargar libro completo: Comisarías de Familia y Violencia Contra Las Mujeres en Colombia: Puerta de Acceso y retos Institucionales

The evaluation is done from the perspective of frontline judicial service providers charged with protecting the fundamental human right of women to live free from violence. It seeks to understand the practical, legal, institutional, and cultural barriers and facilitators to the law's implementation. The project uses a rapid assessment process methodology. Listen to a podcast about this research on the Civios website

IDREAM is an exploratory mixed-methods design study that seeks to understand challenges parents face while caregiving for their children who have type 1 diabetes (T1D), and how service provisioning may be enhanced to improve the financial and health outcomes of caregivers. The case study takes place in Nagpur, India. Based on 33 in-depth interviews and a survey of 179 caregivers, IDREAM explores and characterizes the context of care; barriers and facilitators to care; the range of financial, social and instrumental resources available to families to care; and the health and financial outcomes of providing care for children with this chronic condition. Friedemann-Sánchez conducted fieldwork in 2014 (qualitative interviews) and 2015 (cognitive interviews to refine survey). Survey data collection was completed in June 2016.

Selected Publications

  • Friedemann-Sánchez, Greta and Grieve, Margaret. 2019. Comisarías de Familia y Violencia Contra Las Mujeres en Colombia: Puerta de Acceso y retos Institucionales. Bogotá: Taller de Edición Rocca.
  • Capistrant BD, Friedemann-Sánchez, Greta, Novak LK, Zuijdwijk C, Ogle G, Pendsey S. Mental Health and Well-Being among Type 1 Diabetes Caregivers in India: Evidence from The IDREAM Study. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. In Press.
  • Friedemann-Sánchez, Greta, Capistrant, Benjamin. D., Ron, James, Novak, Lindsey, Zuijdwijk, Caroline, Ogle, Graham D., Pendsey, Sharad. 2017 Caregiving for children with type 1 diabetes and clinical outcomes in central India: The IDREAM study. Pediatric Diabetes, n/a-n/a. doi:10.1111/pedi.12567
  • Ghosh, Subharati, Benjamin Capistrant, Greta Friedemann-Sánchez. 2017. Who will Care for the Elder Caregiver? Outlining Theoretical Approaches and Future Research Questions.  In Cross-Cultural and Cross Disciplinary Perspectives in Social Gerontology. Tanishnnta Samanta editor, pp23-43. Springer.
  • Griffin, Joan, Lee Minji, Greta Friedemann-Sánchez, Courtney Van Houtven , Kathleen Carlson. 2017. Burden and Mental Health Among Caregivers of Veterans with Traumatic Brain injury/polytrauma. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
  • Ragui Assaad, Greta Friedemann-Sánchez, Deborah Levison. 2017. Effect of Domestic Violence on Children’s Human Capital in Colombia. Journal of Violence Against Women DOI: 10.1177/1077801216661036  (authors in alphabetical order)
  • 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.

Course-Work Samples from Students under Friedemann-Sánchez Supervision

Microfinance website developed during PA 5561

Professional Papers

In The Media

This story highlights ongoing research by Associate Professor Greta Friedemann-Sánchez and colleague Peggy Grieve on the prevalence of violence against women in Colombia. 

MN Daily
October 9, 2019

Associate professor Greta Friedemann-Sanchez is interviewed, along with University of Minnesota students from Colombia, about that country's recent peace agreement after decades of civil war.

Minnesota Daily
September 20, 2016