AIDS and Anthropology Research Group
University of South Florida
@jccnoble on twitter
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.
University of Central Florida
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
University of Memphis
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.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine / Integrative Medicine Group
Emery R. Eaves, PhD
University of Arizona
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
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawai’i
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
University of Oregon, Department of Anthropology
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
UCLA, Department of Anthropology
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
SUNY/Empire State College
Science, Technology, and Medicine Group
Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Graduate Institute, Geneva
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.