AIDS and Anthropology Research Group
NobleCharlotte Noble
University of South Florida
@jccnoble on twitter
Term: 2012-2016

Charlotte Noble is a doctoral candidate at the University of South Florida researching the synergy between food insecurity and HIV/AIDS. For her dissertation, she is examining how people’s experiences with food security and other factors may influence their adherence to anti-retroviral treatment, in the context of a rapidly shifting health care environment in Florida vis-à-vis the Affordable Care Act. She is currently in her final year serving as the chair of AARG.


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 Response 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


Medical Anthropology Student Association
StilloJonathan Stillo
City University of New York Center
@jonathanjstillo on twitter
Term: 2013-2016



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

NayanTara Sheoran has been chair of the Science, Technology, and Medicine (STM) interest group of the Society of Medical Anthropology (SMA) since AAA 2013, when she took over from Betsey Brada. As a postdoctoral research fellow, she is extending her engagement with bio-medically promoted health and burgeoning biotechnologies. She is conducting extended fieldwork in India on the socio-cultural and ethical implications of the emergence of stem cell biotechnologies (both embryonic and adult), while also elaborating on parts of her dissertation research for a book manuscript which critically analyzes pharmaceutical contraceptives and their marketing to women (and men) in contemporary India. Her research and writing help her with understanding the needs of the STM interest group community.