Grounded in ethnographic fieldwork at sites of criminal justice reform, mental health clinics, and homeless encampments in the San Francisco Bay Area, Jessica's research explores connections and disjunctures between systems of inequality, care, and social justice. Her first book project, Unaccountable: Surreal Life in California’s Mental Health Courts, reveals the ways in which relationships between criminal justice professionals and their clients unravel state power by inhabiting care as an alternative to the individualizing discourse of liberal responsibility. Drawing on observations of and participation in relationships among staff, clients, and clients' families in mental health courts, Unaccountable explores emergent ethics elicited by the demand to provide care for mentally ill individuals as a project of social justice amidst absent state services and vast material inequalities. Jessica has a PhD in anthropology from Princeton.
Alexander Edmonds is an anthropologist specialising in the sociocultural dimensions of health, illness and medicine. His research has investigated plastic surgery; mental health; military veterans; psychiatric and psychological practice; and health in international development. Regionally, he's worked in Brazil, the United States, and the United Kingdom. His current work is a comparative, anthropological study of combat veterans' reintegration and mental health. Carried out in four countries (the US, UK, Netherlands, and Israel) it examines how participants navigate the military, healthcare, and social environments they face during and after military service. It is funded by a five-year “Starting Grant” from the European Research Council. Edmonds was a Woodrow Wilson Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles and is also a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Social Science and Global Health at the University of Amsterdam. He earned a BA in philosophy and religion from Stanford and a PhD in anthropology from Princeton.
Lukas is a Chancellor's Fellow in the History and Sociology of Biomedicine at the University of Edinburgh. His work is concerned with the history of epidemiology in the twentieth century to engage contemporary concerns in digital health. He received his PhD in History at the Humboldt University in Berlin before taking up a position as post-doctoral research fellow at the Institute for the History of Medicine in Zurich in 2013. His doctoral research focused on the visual medical history of AIDS/HIV. This research led to his first book, Mapping AIDS: Visual Histories of an Enduring Epidemic, which has been published with Cambridge University Press in 2018. In 2014, he joined Christos Lynteris' ERC project at CRASSH, University of Cambridge, to study the visual history of the Third Plague Pandemic (1890 to 1950) in North and South America. His contributions focused on plague mapping, the history of medical photography, medical geography, and the plague-driven enforcement of bacteriological expertise in public health. From archival findings emerged an ongoing collaborative project with Christos Lynteris, Sulfuric Utopias: A History of Maritime Fumigation. Their forthcoming book concerns the technological history of fumigation and the political history of maritime sanitation at the turn of the twentieth century.
Ian Harper is a trained medical practitioner who has worked in hospital medicine and general practice in the UK. For three and a half years he managed a tuberculosis control project in Nepal, and for two years worked with NGOs throughout India in supporting community health programmes. His experiences of practicing medicine and public health in such diverse cultural and political situations led him to study medical anthropology. His research has addressed the social relations around, and the effects of public health programmes in Nepal, the privatisation of healthcare, training and pharmaceuticals, maternal and child health in international development, and, most recently, the impact of global health funding and organisational structures on TB control.
Chisomo’s work is based in the medical humanities and draws on Arts & Humanities-based research methodologies and participatory action research, to explore Illness narratives, narrative medicine, disease as metaphor, the history of medicine in Malawi and traditional healing practices. Her current Wellcome-funded project is titled ‘Ulimbaso ‘You will be strong again’: How literary aesthetics and storytelling inform concepts of health and wellbeing in Malawi’. This 3-year project offers a theoretically-rich investigation into how indigenous literary practices (performance, form and aesthetics) can be used to address community health. She is also collaborating with the Art and Global Health Centre Africa and the University of Malawi to launch the first medical humanities network for Malawiana studies, the Malawi Medical Humanities Network (MMHN). This is an interdisciplinary network for Malawiana researchers around the world to share events, programmes, projects and exhibitions that explore the link between health and the humanities. She is also a member-at-large with the British Society for Literature and Science.
Lucy’s research addresses issues of sexual and reproductive health, motherhood, gender, migration and displacement, and reproductive justice. Her research has taken place in Somalia, Kenya and Scotland, and explores how women’s experiences of forced migration shape and are shaped by their reproductive capacities and decisions. She recently began an ESRC GCRF funded project on improving healthcare at the intersection of gender and protracted displacement amongst Somali and Congolese refugees and IDPs in Somalia, Kenya, DRC, and South Africa. She is also beginning a new project on reproductive health among asylum seeking and refugee women in Scotland.
Rebecca’s work addresses issues of international development, HIV and AIDS, Witchcraft, Human-animal relationships, funerals, Bees, Veterinary Anthropology and human-animal relations. Her current research, funded by the ESRC, focuses on relationships between bees and beekeepers and is called Beelines. Her research in Tanzania focuses on the entry of public health discourses about malaria into discussions about local "tradition". Her current book project, The Words of the People, revisits classic ethnographies of the Nyakyusa through the lens of public health and development discourse. The book aims to put contemporary debate about the morality of tradition in Kyela into historical perspective.
Ayaz Qureshi has carried out ethnographic fieldwork on HIV/AIDS control in Pakistan. He received his PhD in social anthropology from SOAS. He has been part of a number of research projects in the area of infectious diseases, reproductive and sexual health, and status of women in Pakistan. His research interests include sexual and reproductive health, NGOs, bureaucracy, healthcare systems, and neoliberalization and labour relations. He has published articles in the Journal of Royal Anthropological Institute, Development and Change, Anthropology & Medicine, and Global Public Health. His recent monograph ‘AIDS in Pakistan: Bureaucracy, Public Goods and NGOs’, is the first full-length study of HIV/AIDS work in relation to government and NGOs. This book encourages readers to reconsider the orthodoxy of policies regarding public-private partnership by critiquing the resulting changes in the bureaucracy, civil society and public goods.
Kaveri has an interdisciplinary background in sociology, anthropology and public health. She works on health and social inequalities in the UK and Pakistan, with a focus on migration, 'race'/ethnicity, gender, and the management of health and illness in families. She also has a growing interest in areas where the medical and the legal coincide. Her work is threaded by a concern with intersectional inequalities and the social determinants of health and gender violence. Her major projects to date address: 1) 'racial'/ethnic and class-based inequalities in non-communicable disease and debility in the UK, and their impoverishing effects in the context of welfare reform; 2) marital conflicts and mental ill health associated with gender inequalities and gender violence among South Asian migrants and minorities in the UK, highlighting the compromising of women’s rights through the privatization of marital dispute settlement; and 3) intersectional inequalities in maternal and child health in Pakistan, specifically how social locations differentiate women’s reproductive and caring experiences.
Lotte Buch Segal
Lotte’s research addresses issues of violence, kinship, subjectivity, affect, trauma, and methodological challenges in doing ethnography in zones of conflict. Her first book ‘No Place for Grief: Martyrs, Prisoners and Mourning in Contemporary Palestine’ is an ethnographic monograph about the porous boundary between endurance and exhaustion and, importantly, how kinship is the site par se in which such exhaustion is felt. She is interested in methodological and ethical questions of how to do ethnography among people in precarious situations. She has worked closely with NGOs and academic colleagues in Palestine, about research projects as well as consultancy work. In Denmark she has co-operated with Dignity- Danish Institute against Torture for more than 15 years. Between 2014 and 2017 she was the PI of a comparative study, called ‘Slippery Suffering’ and was funded by NOS-HS, on the Scandinavian Welfare states and how they encounter Middle Eastern survivors of Violence.
Alice’s research addresses issues of health system strengthening, global health technologies, hospital ethnography, state building and the social life of diagnosis. Her first book, Biomedicine in an Unstable Place: Infrastructure and Personhood in a Papua New Guinean Hospital, published by Duke University Press, was an ethnography of a public hospital in Papua New Guinea Research explores the ways in which people engage with biomedical technologies in conditions of uncertainty and precariousness. More recently her research, funded by the Nuffield Foundation at the ESRC, has focused on health systems strengthening, health management, and off-grid health infrastructures. She is currently PI of a European Research Council-funded project on diagnostic devices in global health. The DiaDev project explores the emergent role that point-of-care diagnostic devices are playing in the transformation of global health partnerships and national health systems in low and middle-income countries. She has a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. Her research has taken place in Papua New Guinea, India and Sierra Leone.
Leah is a doctoral candidate in social anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. Her research sits at the intersection of medical, legal and political anthropology, using ethnographic methods to explore the recent liberalisation of abortion in Ireland. Leah is an active member of the interdisciplinary Reproduction Edinburgh (RED) Network and a Representative for the postgraduate Students of Medical Anthropology (SoMA) group. She holds a BA (Hons) in English from the University of Bristol and an MSc in Medical Anthropology from University College London. Before beginning her postgraduate studies, Leah spent several years working in research communication as a writer/editor, and she is excited to now be joining MAT as a Copy Editor.
Cristina Moreno Lozano
Cristina is a doctoral candidate in science and technology studies (STS) at the University of Edinburgh. She has been trained in microbiology in Edinburgh and medical anthropology in Catalonia. Her doctoral research lies between medical anthropology and STS, and ethnographically explores how antibiotic stewardship protocols and hospital infrastructures may interrelate in the context of rising concerns for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in democratic Spain. Before returning to Edinburgh and academia, she worked as an assistant editor for the Medical Anthropology e-book series at Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona and as part of the conference secretariat for the annual conference of AIBR, the Network of Iberoamerican Anthropologists. She is a currently a member of SoMA (Students of Medical Anthropology) at the University of Edinburgh. Cristina is the MAT editorial assistant, charged with managing the review process and executing the production of issues in collaboration with the MAT collective. Her work at MAT enables her to continue building her interest in imagining and implementing accessible and equitable structures for digital communication and work processes involved in the day-to-day of the academic profession.
Elizabeth Cartwright is a medical and visual anthropologist who works in Latin America – mostly. Her work is focused on environmental health, social justice, and applied anthropology. She is a professor at Idaho State University in the lovely Rocky Mountains. Her visual interests span studying photography, attending the Maine Media Workshops' film school, doing black-and-white photo printing, as well as teaching ethnographic filmmaking and multimodal visual research methods. She taught ‘Systematic Analysis of Videotaped Data’ at the NSF-sponsored Short Course on Research Methods under the direction of Russ Bernard for many wonderful summers. She is always on the look-out for ways to communicate all things anthropological through telling images and short texts. In her spare time, she plays her cello in the symphony and other small groups that will have her.
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Rita Isabel Henderson is an assistant professor in the Cumming School of Medicine’s Departments of Community Health Sciences and Family Medicine, at the University of Calgary. Her research focuses on health inequities experienced by marginalized youth, structural violence in healthcare experiences, and innovating health professional education and wider health systems for Indigenous health equity. She has also carried out research on intergenerational trauma in Chile and youth health promotion in Tanzania.
Martha Lincoln is a medical anthropologist and assistant professor at San Francisco State University. Her research experience is concentrated on public health and infectious disease in Viet Nam. She has also published on ghosts and haunting, the informal sector, and the biopolitics of body exhibitions.
Branwyn Poleykett is a Research Fellow at the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health at the University of Exeter. Her work examines the impact of global health programmes in clinics, laboratories, universities, and households in sub Saharan Africa. After several years of working on core research questions in the anthropology of global health – the marketisation of African health research, transnational bioethics, emergency responses to epidemic outbreaks, and global health’s visual cultures – her current research focuses on urban eating and the emergence of cardiovascular diseases in Dakar. Based on research in suburban households, this project uses ethnographic methods to better understand the overconsumption of salt, sugar, and fat in a highly food-insecure city.
Tom Widger (PhD, LSE, 2009) is an assistant professor at the University of Durham, engaged in research, teaching, and interventions in the fields of medical anthropology, development anthropology, and environmental anthropology. His theoretical work explores the ruptures in scientific and medical ontologies caused by chemical pollution on a global scale, while his applied work focuses on supporting corporate sustainability programmes in Sri Lanka. This double-sided engagement reflects an interest in exploring how a critical anthropology of global health and development might also be constructive, and especially how ethnography can be deployed more effectively in interdisciplinary encounters.
Rosie Sims is a doctoral candidate in anthropology at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Her research investigates a global health intervention releasing bacteria-infected mosquitos as a flying biotechnology against arboviruses like Zika, dengue, and chikungunya in Medellín, Colombia. Her dissertation explores how this alternative approach to vector control departs from existing rationales of eradication and instead is premised on the idea of multispecies coexistence, implying a reconfiguration of human-mosquito-microbe relations and more complex understanding of health. Her broader research interests include the anthropology of science, multispecies ethnography, planetary health, and the environment.
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Ann Thomson is a graduate student at Idaho State University. She is focusing in Medical Anthropology, and her thesis work is on medical cannabis refugees, particularly families with epileptic children. She is a mother of two, a writer, and a scholar. Her goals include completing a PhD and continuing to work as a researcher and storyteller.