SIG Chairs

AIDS and Anthropology Research Group

Adriana Garriga-López, Ph.D.
Kalamazoo College, Michigan
(269) 337-7363
Term: 2015-2019

Adriana is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Anthropology and Sociology Department of Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Adriana’s work examines the ways that epidemics reveal in stark detail the health effects of colonialism in Puerto Rico. Her ethnographic research focuses on contagious disease and public health cultures in Puerto Rico, with an emphasis on community activism and on the island’s political context. More broadly, she studies and teaches about the racial, cultural, and sexual politics of epidemics in the Caribbean, the U.S., and Latin America and has conducted research on bubonic plague, hookworm, bilharzia, ebola, yellow fever, dengue, HIV/AIDS, chinkungunya, and zika.


Alcohol, Drug, and Tobacco Study Group

Shana HarrisShana Harris
University of Central Florida
(415) 425-3150
Term: 2016-present

Shana Harris is a medical anthropologist with over a decade of experience researching drug use and abuse and health politics and practice in Latin America and the United States. Her dissertation and postdoctoral research ethnographically examined the adoption and promotion of harm reduction interventions in Argentina.  Her current research focuses on medical travel and the use of a psychedelic called ibogaine for drug treatment in Mexico.  Her articles have appeared in several scholarly journals, including Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Human Organization, and Substance Use & Misuse.  She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Central Florida.


Anthropology and Mental Health Interest Group
DukeMichael Duke
University of Memphis
(901) 609-8857
Term: 2012-present

The founding and Co-Chair of the Anthropology and Mental Health Interest Group (AMHIG), Michael Duke is a social/medical anthropologist with over 20 years of experience carrying out social research focusing on the intersection of labor, substance abuse, migration, gender and masculinity, sexuality, and mental health, particularly among Latin American, Caribbean populations.


Anthropological Responses to Health Emergencies
Kristin Hedges, PhD
Grand Valley State University

Kristin Hedges is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Grand Valley State University. Her research interests are linked to gender inequality and health; including HIV/AIDS, infectious disease, reproductive health, juvenile justice, and substance abuse. She is drawn to questions of structural vulnerability and how local contexts impact health and healing. She has conducted research in Kenya and the US.


Complementary and Alternative Medicine / Integrative Medicine Group
Emery R. Eaves, PhD
University of Arizona
Term: 2014-present

Emery Eaves is a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona. As co-chair with George Laufenberg of the Complementary and Alternative Medicine/Integrative Medicine (CAM/IM) SIG she is involved in organizing panels for yearly conferences, leading meetings, and our SIG’s graduate student paper prize. Her research is focused on self-medication and substance abuse to avoid stigma, as well as the role of CAM in public health and chronic pain research.


Council on Anthropology and Reproduction
BrunsonJan Brunson
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawai’i
(808) 956-2007
2424 Maile Way, Saunders Hall 346, Honolulu, HI 96822
Term: November 2015 – November 2017

Jan Brunson is a medical anthropologist (Ph.D. Brown University) specializing in discourses on women’s health in the global South. Her research intertwines medical anthropology, gender studies, demography, and cultural studies of science, technology, and medicine. She has conducted ethnographic research in Nepal on women’s health and the politics of reproduction for over a decade. Her research portfolio includes studies of global contraceptive technologies and family planning discourses, maternal health in resource-poor settings, and Maoist motherhood in Nepal. Her first book is titled, Planning Families in Nepal: Global and Local Projects of Reproduction (2016, Rutgers University Press), and her articles appear in the scholarly journals Social Science and Medicine, Ethnos, Studies in Family Planning, Practicing Anthropology, and Studies in Nepali History and Society.


Critical Anthropology of Global Health Study Group
LewisSara Lewis
University of Oregon, Department of Anthropology
(541) 346-5042
Term: 2015-2018

As a medical anthropologist specializing in the intersections between culture, religion, and mental health, Sara Lewis’s work investigates the ways that individuals and communities thrive in the face of adversity. As co-chair of the Critical Anthropology of Global Health SIG, she is concerned not just with the ways that the people with whom we work are marginalized, but in how as critical medical anthropologists we can also seek to engage community resilience and recovery in global health.

Disability Research Interest Group

Molly PortraitMolly Bloom
UCLA, Department of Anthropology
(303) 246-0989
Term: 2014-2017

Molly Bloom is a PhD student of linguistic anthropology and she studies language use in disability communities. She serves as one member of the Steering Committee for the Disability Research Interest Group (DRIG). She heads an oral history project to collect information about the history of Disability Anthropology. In addition, she has assisted with various other DRIG tasks, such as helping launch an award for disabled anthropologists in 2015 and gathering information about policies concerning research about disabled folks.


Dying and Bereavement Special Interest Group
Margaret Souza
SUNY/Empire State College
(646) 882-3118

Souza is a medical anthropologist who received her doctorate and master’s degree in anthropology from the graduate faculty at the New School. She also holds a master’s in social work from Wayne State University. Her research has focused on end-of-life issues in both acute care and long-term care facilities in New York City, where she served as a researcher, educator and practitioner. She is the author of “The Many Ways We Talk about Death in Contemporary Society: Interdisciplinary Studies in Portrayal and Classification.”


Medical Anthropology Student Association
Carolyn Egesa
University of Amsterdam

Carolyn Egesa is a PhD candidate in Medical Anthropology, Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam. Carolyn holds a masters of science degree in social science from the university of Southampton, UK and a bachelor of arts degree from university of Nairobi, Kenya. She has over ten years of research experience working in various capacity in sexual reproductive health and rights in Kenya and SSA. Carolyne is interested in programs and policy debates on the issues that shape health outcomes among men in urban spaces in Africa and of greatest concern are those living marginalized urban spaces. Her current study seeks to understand the ideas about men and manliness that are produced, maintained, and circulated in gender-based violence prevention programs and how understandings of responsible masculinity in Africa are situated in relation to male-involvement initiatives, and to broader social and historical shifts related to the gender equality assemblage.


Research on U.S. Health and Healthcare
Shannon Satterwhite
University of California, San Francisco
Term: 2 Years

Shannon Satterwhite is a MD/PhD student at UC San Francisco with both clinical and research interests in American primary care, particularly in the safety net. Her research focuses on the temporality of primary care practice for multiple clinical actors and administrators in community clinics working to implement team-based practices. As co-chair of the RUSH SIG, she is excited to build a community of people interested in the particularities of health and healthcare in the U.S. in hopes of shaping research, policy and practice.


Science and Medicine in South Asia

SheoranNayanTara Sheoran
Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Graduate Institute, Geneva
+64 022-363-5758
Term: 2 Years

Nayantara Sheoran Appleton is a Lecture in the cultural anthropology program at Victoria University of Wellington. Her research and teaching interests fall in the fields of anthropology (medical, feminist, and visual), cultural studies, feminist theories, and Science and Technology Studies. She is currently working on a book manuscript, which seeks to critically analyze the implications of shifts in the politics of health and reproduction in liberalized India by focusing particularly on pharmaceutical contraceptives and their marketing to women (and men) within neo-liberal and neo-Malthusian frameworks. Her second project, which was part of her post-doctoral research, extends her engagement with bio-medically promoted regenerative medicine and burgeoning biotechnologies. In particular, she is interested in the ‘ethics of governance, and governance of ethics’ around stem cell research and therapies in India. Having worked in medical spaces, she’s interested in how anthropological methodologies are employed by social-scientists to generate data and a robust understanding of the culture(s) of contemporary medical sciences.


Science, Technology, and Medicine Group
Danya Glabau
Brooklyn Institute for Social Research
Danya Glabau is Core Faculty at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, where she teaches courses in STS and anthropology. Her work on biomedicine and patient activism in the United States blends STS and Medical Anthropology to investigate how morality, political economy, and patient experience influences what counts as “good” health care. Her current book project, Reproducing Safety: Food Allergy Advocacy and the Politics of Care, examines food allergy activism in the United States and its relationship to gendered care work, entrepreneurship, and the global pharmaceutical economy. She received her PhD in Science and Technology Studies (STS) and a BA in Biological Sciences from Cornell University.