Linda Garro, President
University of California, Los Angeles

GarroLINDA C. GARRO holds doctorates in Social Sciences – Anthropology (1983, University of California, Irvine) and Cognitive Psychology (1982, Duke University). She is Professor of Anthropology and Academic Senate Distinguished Teacher at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research activities are in the areas of medical and psychological anthropology and include: how families make health care decisions; matters of health and illness in everyday life contexts; representing cultural knowledge about illness; cultural consensus and patterned variability in such knowledge; illness narratives; and remembering as a jointly social, cultural and cognitive process, or, more broadly, the intertwining of cultural, social and cognitive processes in “effort after meaning” as part of everyday life. She is co-author, with James Young, of Medical Choice in a Mexican Village and co-editor, with Cheryl Mattingly, of Narrative and the Cultural Construction of Illness and Healing. Her articles have appeared in American Anthropologist; American Ethnologist; Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry; Medical Anthropology Quarterly; Ethos; Social Science and Medicine; Transcultural Psychiatry; and other journals. In 1999, she received the Stirling Award from the Society for Psychological Anthropology.

Douglas Feldman, Past President
College at Brockport, SUNY


Douglas A. Feldman, Ph.D. is Past President and board officer of the Society for Medical Anthropology, and Professor – and former Chair – of the Department of Anthropology at The College at Brockport, State University of New York. He is the author of Ethnicity and Health Care Delivery: Sexually Transmitted Diseases (2009); editor of AIDS, Culture, and Gay Men (2010), AIDS, Culture, and Africa (2008), Global AIDS Policy (1994), and Culture and AIDS (1990); and co-editor of The AIDS Crisis: A Documentary History (1998) and The Social Dimensions of AIDS: Method and Theory (1986). Dr. Feldman was Research Associate Professor at the University of Miami School of Medicine, President of D.A.Feldman & Associates,Inc., founding Executive Director of the AIDS Center of Queens County, founding Chair of the AIDS and Anthropology Research Group, and founding Chair of the American Anthropological Association Task Force on AIDS. He received the Kimball Award for Public and Applied Anthropology (1996), the AARG Distinguished Service Award (2008), and the Silver Anniversary Certificate from the AIDS Center of Queens County (2011). He has conducted HIV/AIDS research in the United States, Rwanda, Senegal, Uganda, Zambia, and Hungary. He served on two committees of the Institute of Medicine, the AAA Nominations Committee, as Treasurer of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology, chaired the Friends of the Society for Applied Anthropology, and chaired numerous academic sessions and panels.

Janelle S. Taylor, Secretary 
University of Washington

taylorJanelle Taylor is a Professor in and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Washington. Her work seeks to document and understand how people make meaning around illness, and how those meanings matter in the world—shaping the kinds of actions people take, the kinds of knowledge and technology they produce, and the kinds of bodies, lives, and social relations they create. Dr. Taylor’s research has focused on a variety of topics relating to medical technology, medical education, and medical practice in the U.S.—including fetal ultrasound imaging, medical decision-making at the end of life, and how “culture” is understood and taught within medical education. Lately she has been pursuing research on standardized patient performances (i.e., staged clinical encounters with actors who role-play patients), and on dementia. Both projects examine how persons get represented within U.S. biomedicine, and consider the social, cultural, political, and clinical consequences that follow. Her publications include The Public Life of the Fetal Sonogram: Technology, Consumption, and the Politics of Reproduction (2008); the coedited volume Consuming Motherhood (2004); “On Recognition, Caring, and Dementia” (MAQ 2008), and “The Story Catches You and You Fall Down: Tragedy, Ethnography, and ‘Cultural Competence’” (MAQ 2003).

Doug Henry, Treasurer

University of North Texas

HenryI am an Associate Professor and Medical Anthropologist at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. I am broadly interested in health care decision making, particularly self-treatment, along with public health, violence and health, forced migration upon disasters, and distress idioms. I have published numerous articles on the Sierra Leone conflict and responses to refugees, particularly in the areas of refugee health, the structural violence of resource extraction and war, continuing forms of “post-conflict” violence against women, disasters and international aid, youth, and HIV. Since having children, I have become increasingly interested in sleep disorders, and the culture of sleep and alertness, as prisms which refract meaningful social discussions about power, gender, sick roles, and our preoccupations with work, and productivity. As incoming treasurer, I hope the SMA can continue to show its public face. This should be easy for us- our critical engagement with the world and the well-being of its people takes our work across clinics, communities, and health campaigns. This is why I love our field, in its combination of critical and applied significance.

Roberta Baer
University of South Florida

BaerI am a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of South Florida. I received my Ph.D. in 1984 for the University of Arizona, doing dissertation research in northern Mexico on relationships between household patterns of income allocation and dietary patterns and nutritional status (Cooking and Coping Among the Cacti, 1998). A set of research projects in the late 1980’s focused on Mexican use of lead based remedies to treat the folk illness, empacho. In the 1990’s, I conducted a series of studies on biomedical correlates of folk illness among migrant workers in Florida. This has been followed by a long term collaboration with Susan Weller, as well as my Mexican colleagues, Javier Garcia de Alba, and Ana Salcedo Rocha on cross cultural understandings of disease and illness among laypeople and physicians. In a 2012 study of beliefs about diabetes among Mexican and US laypeople, physicians and patients, we expanded our samples to include patients. And my most current work focuses on comparisons of perceptions of H1N1 (and how it differs from the common cold) in Mexican and US lay and physician populations, and looks at the effect of social class on these beliefs.

Mara Buchbinder
University of North Carolina

buchbinderMara Buchbinder is Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Medicine and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Buchbinder is a medical anthropologist specializing in the ethnography of clinical encounters. Her research interests include the anthropology of biomedicine; clinical communication and the physician-patient relationship; and families, health, and illness. Dr. Buchbinder is the author, with Stefan Timmermans, of Saving Babies? The Consequences of Newborn Genetic Screening (University of Chicago, 2013). She is currently working on a second book project that explores how clinicians, patients, and families make sense of chronic, unexplained pain.

Juliet McMullin
University of California, Riverside

McMullinJuliet McMullin is an associate professor at the University of California, Riverside. She specializes in Cultural and Medical Anthropology. She is the author of The Healthy Ancestor: Embodied Inequality and the Revitalization of Native Hawaiian Health, and co-editor of the School of Advanced Research volume Confronting Cancer: Metaphors, Advocacy, and Anthropology. Professor McMullin has had an enduring interest in the production of health knowledge and inequalities, and a passion for translating that interest to her work with local communities and students. Professor McMullin is an active member of the UC Global Health Initiative, and co-organizer for the UCR Center for Ideas and Society Medical Narratives workgroup. Her current research examines the field of graphic medicine, the social and material role of graphic novels in narrative medicine and health inequalities.


Athena Mclean
Central Michigan University

mcleanAthena Mclean, Ph.D. is Professor of Anthropology at Central Michigan University, where she teaches medical anthropology, theory, ethnography, aging, and global justice. Dr. McLean headed the Ethnographic Research Unit of the TRIL (Technology Research for Independent Living) Project in Ireland (2007–2008). Her research has taken her to Greece and Cyprus. She has enduring interests and publications in the production of medical knowledge, psychiatric patients’ rights movements, and dementia care. She has more recently focused on personood/citizen rights debates regarding dementia care, the ethics of using monitoring technologies with cognitively impaired elders, and the limitations of biomarkers for identifying dementia risk, with attention to the moral and experiential dimensions of caregiving and structural and ideological impediments to care. Her book, The Person in Dementia: a study of nursing home care in the US (2007, U of Toronto Press), earned the SMA New Millennium Award in 2009. With Annette Leibing, she co-edited The Shadow Side of Fieldwork: Exploring the blurred borders between ethnography and life as part of her continued interest in subjectivity in ethnographic research (2007). She has also served as the Co-Chair of the CMA (previously, Critical Medical Anthropology, now the Critical Anthropology of Global Health Caucus) (1994–1997), and was CMA’s Coordinator for the Rudolf Virchow Award Committee (1997–2007).

Sarah Willen
University of Connecticut

willenSarah S. Willen, PhD, MPH is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut, where she also serves as Director of the Program on Global Health and Human Rights at the Human Rights Institute. A medical and cultural anthropologist, she is an alumna of Emory University and a former NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her current research focuses on 1) unauthorized immigration from West Africa and the Philippines to Tel Aviv, Israel; 2) health and human rights activism, especially on behalf of migrant workers, asylum seekers, and refugees in Israel; and 3) social justice mobilization in the context of U.S. medical education. She has authored over 20 articles and book chapters and edited or co-edited seven volumes, including Shattering Culture: American Medicine Responds to Cultural Diversity (Russell Sage, 2011), A Reader in Medical Anthropology: Theoretical Trajectories, Emergent Realities (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), Transnational Migration to Israel in Global Comparative Context (Lexington, 2007) and special issues of Culture, Medicine & Psychiatry (2013), Social Science & Medicine (2012), Ethos (2012), and International Migration (2007). Her key publications also include articles in Medical Anthropology Quarterly (2011) and the Harvard Review of Psychiatry (2010). She is also co-founder and co-editor of the blog AccessDenied: A Conversation on Unauthorized Im/migration and Health.

James Pfeiffer
University of Washington

JamesPfeifferpicJames Pfeiffer PhD, MPH, is Associate Professor in the Department of Global Health and the Department of Anthropology at the University of Washington, Seattle. Dr. Pfeiffer is also the Executive Director of Health Alliance International, a Seattle-based non-profit affiliated with the UW, where he helps coordinate and manage a wide range of public health programs, operations research projects, and program evaluations in Mozambique, Cote D’Ivoire, and East Timor. He received his doctoral degree in medical anthropology and his MPH from UCLA where his interests centered on inequality and the political economy of health in southern Africa. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in Mozambique on primary health care, the scale-up of HIV/AIDS treatment and PMTCT, health system strengthening, and community health resources including churches and traditional healers. Other research has focused on development policy, NGOs, churches, and primary health care. Dr. Pfeiffer’s article  “African Independent Churches in Mozambique: Healing the Afflictions of Inequality” received the Polar Prize in 2003.

Mark Nichter
University of Arizona

Mark Nichter
Mark Nichter is Regents Professor and coordinator of the Graduate Medical Anthropology Training Program at the University of Arizona, holding joint appointments in the Departments of Family Medicine and the College of Public Health. Mark  received  his Ph.D. in  social anthropology from Edinburgh University (1977),  an M.P.H. in International Health  from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (1978), and  postdoctoral training in clinically applied anthropology  from  the University of Hawaii (1980-83). Dr. Nichter has over 30 years of experience conducting health-related research in Asia, Africa, and North America, and is well known to the global health and tobacco control communities. His most recent research focuses on neglected and emerging diseases, tobacco, pharmaceutical practice, and CAM. He is presently the PI of a Fogarty-funded project developing culturally appropriate approaches to tobacco cessation in medical schools, clinics, and community  settings in India and Indonesia, and coordinates social science research for a UBS Optimus Foundation-funded Buruli Ulcer project in West Africa.  Dr. Nichter is the author of over 100 articles and book chapters in a wide variety of health-related fields and four books, including Global Health: Why Cultural Perceptions, Social Representations, and Biopolitics Matter (2008).  He is the recipient of AAA’s Margaret Mead  and Textor Family Awards,  SMA’s Career Achievement,  Foster, and Student Mentor Awards, and the Wellcome Institute’s Medal for Applied Medical Anthropology.

Jonathan Stillo, MASA President
The City University of New York Graduate Center

stilloJonathan Stillo is a doctoral candidate in anthropology at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He has been an Adjunct Lecturer at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in both the anthropology department and in the NYPD Leadership Program, and the High School Anthropology Program Manager at the American Museum of Natural History. He has received research grants from NSF, SSRC, and Fulbright-Hays, among others. Since 2006, Jonathan has been researching tuberculosis in Romania—including living at a Romanian TB sanatorium for several months—interviewing hundreds of patients and dozens of medical personnel. His research focuses on the connections between TB and existing structures of health and social welfare, with a focus on the increasing role that medical institutions play in the provision of social welfare. Jonathan has also served as an International Expert on the World Health Organization team that conducted the 2013 review of Moldova’s national TB program, and is a coauthor of a 2013 study published in the European Respiratory Journal that estimated the economic burden of TB in the European Union.  He has a recently published article in Anthropology Now on Romanian women’s experiences with tuberculosis entitled “Who Cares for Caregivers” (2012).  His blog posts about the sanatorium and working with dying patients are available at

Ex-Officio Members

Clarence C. Gravlee, MAQ Editor
University of Florida

GravleeClarence (Lance) Gravlee is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Florida. His research focuses on the social and cultural context of racial inequalities in health. Gravlee takes a critical biocultural approach to health and human development, drawing on methods and theory from the social and biological sciences. His current primary project focuses on the health effects of racism among African Americans in Tallahassee, FL. Using a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach, the NSF-funded project integrates ethnography, social network analysis, epidemiology, and genetics. Gravlee has done work on racism, stress, and health in Puerto Rico and in Detroit, MI, as part of the Healthy Environments Partnership. He also has been involved in the Tsimane’ Amazonian Panel Study (TAPS), which examines the health consequences of globalization among indigenous people in the Bolivian Amazon. Dr. Gravlee received the 2010 Rudolph Virchow Award from the Critical Anthropology of Global Health Caucus of SMA for his paper “How Race Becomes Biology: Embodiment of Social Inequality.” He is the Editor of Medical Anthropology Quarterly (2013-2016) and co-editor (with H. Russell Bernard) of the forthcoming second edition of the Handbook of Methods in Cultural Anthropology.

Megan A. Carney, Contributing Editor, AnthropologyNews
Arizona State University

carneyMegan A Carney is a critical medical anthropologist specializing in migrant women’s health. She is currently a postdoctoral research associate with the Comparative Border Studies Institute at Arizona State University and Affiliated Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Washington, Seattle. She is engaged in two postdoctoral research projects, one exploring the field of migrant mental health and repercussions of post-9/11 immigration enforcement practices in the U.S., and the other examining the health-seeking behaviors of female asylum-seekers from North Africa and the Middle East and the NGO-ization of care in the context of Italy’s austerity measures. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she conducted 20 months of ethnographic fieldwork among Mexican and Central American migrant women examining the lived experience of “food insecurity” and state approaches to dietary health problems. The findings of this research will be featured in her forthcoming book with University of California Press.


Kaylene Holvenstot, Administrative Assistant to the President
University of California, Los Angeles

holvenstotKaylene Holvenstot is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She holds an M.A. in anthropology from Northern Arizona University with an emphasis in linguistic anthropology. Her current research interests span both medical and linguistic anthropology, examining the role of communication as children learn to embody community and family attitudes of health and wellbeing, and ramifications of these issues with regard to pediatric healthcare experiences.


Dinah Winnick, Newsletter Editor
University of Maryland

winnickDinah Winnick is communications manager for the social sciences at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), where she promotes the visibility of faculty research and serves as a social media strategist. She holds an MA in anthropology from the New School for Social Research and previously worked as managing editor of Anthropology News. There she produced thematic issues on topics such as reproductive technologies and subjectivities, aging and the life course, and world food problems. Her research interest is in reproductive anthropology—specifically, risk assessment and decision-making in pregnancy and birth.

Sean Bruna, Webmaster
Western Washington University

brunaSean Bruna, PhD. holds a doctorate in Cultural Anthropology from the University of New Mexico (2013) and is an Assistant Professor at Western Washington University.  Sean’s dissertation, “Sowing  Seeds for the Future to Honor Tigua History and Tradition”: Diabetes Prevention Practices at Ysleta del Sur Pueblo, was a community-based participatory research study of type II diabetes prevention practices at a Federally Recognized Tribe. Sean completed his dissertation under fellowship with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Learn more about Sean at