Research & Supervisory Interests
My primary research interests center on the anthropology of infectious disease and epidemics. This involves studying the biosocial circumstances that give rise to epidemics and facilitate their spread from place to place, as well as the biosocial processes that ensue from the disease experience. I’m interested in the way populations and societies – past and present – understand and are transformed by epidemics, and in the ways in which patterns of health and disease change through time. My work straddles the Department’s strengths in the anthropology of health, human biology, ethnohistory and the anthropology of death.
Much of my current research focuses on the determinants of health in Canada, with a particular emphasis on 19th and 20th century epidemics (especially influenza and tuberculosis), nutrition, and environmental health.
PhD Toronto, 1988
Fall: ANTHROP 4S03 - The Anthropology of Infectious Disease
2015 Tracing "the trail of infected armies": mobilizing for war, the spread of the 1918 influenza pandemic, and the case of the Polish Army Camp at Niagara-on-the-Lake, 1917-1918. (with Kandace Bogaert and Jane Van Koeverden). In: Lives in Motion: Longitudinal Analysis from Historical Sources, edited by Kris Inwood and Peter Baskerville. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, p. 274-291.
2012 Ch2olera: Hamilton's Forgotten Epidemics. edited by D. Ann Herring and Heather T. Battles. Hamilton: Department of Anthropology, McMaster University. http://hdle.handle.net/11375/14367
2011 Collecting, collections, and practice in the anthropologies of health and disease (with Christianne V. Stephens). Reviews in Anthropology 40 (3): 232-260. doi: 10.1080/00938157.2011.602611
2011 Syndemics in global health (with M. Singer, J. Littleton, and M. Rock). In: Companion to Medical Anthropology, edited by Merrill Singer and Pam Erickson. Oxford: Wiley. doi: 10.1002/9781444395303.ch8
2010 Plagues and Epidemics: Infected Spaces Past and Present (with A.C. Swedlund, eds). Oxford: Berg Publishers.
2010 Lost in transition: explaining and treating influenza in the British army in the 1830s and 1840s (with J. Padiak). In Canadian Bulletin of Medical History 27(2):343-361.
2010 The coming plague of avian influenza (with S. Lockerbie). In: Plagues and Epidemics: Infected Spaces Past and Present, edited by D. A. Herring and A. C. Swedlund. Oxford: Berg Publishers.
2010 Emerging themes in anthropology and epidemiology: geographic spread, evolving pathogens, and syndemics. (with L. Sattenspiel) In: Companion to Physical Anthropology, edited by C. S. Larsen. Wiley-Blackwell.
2009 Viral panic, vulnerabilities and the next pandemic. In: Health, Risk and Adversity, edited by C. Panter-Brick and A. Fuentes. London: Berghahn Press.
2009 Global panic, local repercussions: economic and nutritional effects of bird flu in Vietnam (with S. Lockerbie). In:Anthropology and Public Health, 2nd edition. edited by R. Hahn and M. Inhorn. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2008 Multiplying and Dividing: Tuberculosis in Canada and Aotearoa New Zealand. (with Judith Littleton, Julie Park, and Tracy Farmer, eds). Research in Anthropology and Linguistics-3, No. 3.[electronic monograph series, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Auckland, NewZealand.]. URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/2558