Mary Anne Mercer began life in rural Montana and recently returned to her Montana roots, where she is rehabilitating a small ranch near Red Lodge. She holds a doctoral degree in public health and is on the faculty of the University of Washington in Seattle, where she teaches global health. During the academic year she also studies writing in Seattle. She has worked or studied in 15 developing countries, lived in rural Nepal and Thailand, and currently supports maternal and newborn care projects in Timor-Leste for a nonprofit organization, Health Alliance International. In addition to academic publications, Mary Anne co-edited a book on the health effects of globalization, "Sickness and Wealth: the Corporate Assault on Global Health" and is a contributor to "Secret Histories: Stories of Courage, Risk, and Revelation." She was a Silver Solas Award winner for Travelers' Tales in 2012.