Eileen Moyer (PhD, University of Amsterdam, 2003) is an associate professor at the University of Amsterdam, specializing in urban and medical anthropology. She began her academic career as a literature major, with a secret fantasy to write fiction, and sees well-crafted ethnography as the next best thing. Her research, which has taken place mainly in eastern and southern Africa, has focused on the entwinement of globalization, health, and urban popular culture, with a special interest in the emergence of cosmopolitan socialities related to HIV. In 2015, she was awarded a prestigious European Research Council consolidator grant to research the relationship between global health gender equality initiatives and transformations in urban African masculinities over the last quarter century.
Vinh-Kim Nguyen is a practicing physician and anthropologist who travels too much and does too many things, but is at heart committed to the clinic as a key site of theoretical praxis, and ethnography as a mode of engaging with the world. Trying to pull together work that has involved him in the Ebola response, the hope of eliminating HIV transmission using new biomedical approaches, and work in an emergency room in one of Paris’s poorest migrant communities, Vinh-Kim is currently thinking through how disease elimination strategies mobilize new regimes of anticipation, confront existing paradigms of communicability, and reveal how marginalized populations acquire value as epidemiological buffers. He is grateful for the support of a European Research Council consolidator grant, the EU’s Horizon 2020 funding scheme, the French national medical research agency Inserm, and the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Accra.
In her role as managing editor, Erin Martineau combines her love for words, anthropology, and systems. After receiving her PhD in anthropology in 2006 from CUNY's Graduate Center, she led a university-wide writing program for faculty and doctoral students. In 2012, she founded 'Another Pair of Eyes', her editing business, and she now splits her time between editing for academics around the globe and growing a large permaculture garden in western Massachusetts.
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Sarita Fae Jarmack is a doctoral candidate in anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on geographies of privilege within the South African art world. In 2015, she was hired as the editorial assistant for MAT, charged with managing the review process, executing the production of issues, and improving the overall workflow of the journal. She also trains MAT's editorial staff on the various software and work processes in use, doing all things to support the team. As an advocate of inclusion with a background in special education, her work at MAT enables her to help make texts available not just to other scholars but to all learners through the processes of open-access.
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.
Wendy Kuijn recently graduated from the Social Sciences Master’s Program at the University of Amsterdam with a focus on science and technology studies and medical anthropology. In her master’s research on time and knowledge production, she was able to combine the perplexity and amazement she feels about topics such as numbers, psychology, and (mental) health. Working as an editorial assistant allows her to learn more about what it takes to run an academic journal.
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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.