Our New Book

"Lazy, Crazy, and Disgusting: Stigma and the Undoing of Global Health" is launching in November 19, 2019. The book reveals how much of the global health work we do unwittingly create highly damaging social stigmas. Amber and I also have some ideas about how to fix it.

"This is a magnificent, highly engaging, and ethnographically informed examination of the fateful intersection of stigma and public health." Merrill Singer, University of Connecticut.

"Filled at every level with grounded examples that contradict perceived wisdom, the book is a model of critical thinking." Thomas Leatherman,  U Mass.

"The approach here is highly original and important." Peter Brown, Emory.

"Interesting, timely, and lucid." Andrea Wiley, Indiana U.

"[T]wo eminent scholars of stigma have provided a deeply engaging road map" Alexander Tsai, Harvard Medical School.

"Combining global reach with insightful depth.... this eye-opening warning offers a novel blueprint for improving population health." Bernice Pescosolido, Indiana U.

Here's a commentary with some of the arguments in sort form

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Culture, Health, and Environment Laboratory (CHEL)

I am part of a productive, innovative lab in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at ASU. We are multiple faculty who collaborate on a wide array of intersecting culture-health-environment projects with each other and our students.

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Global Ethnohydrology Project

Our signature team project, the Global Ethnohydrology Project works globally to understand how people understand and cope with worsening water and climate challenges. To date, thousands of ASU undergraduates have learned about research through joining us.

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Center for Global Health

Many of my activities are in association with the Center for Global Health at ASU (I was Founding Director). We are currently expanding collaborative projects with key partners in Ethiopia, South Korea, and Paraguay.

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Global Impact Collaboratory

How do we know that our projects have a meaningful, sustainable impact? Launched three years ago, the Global Impact Collaboratory tests the best ways to bring innovative ethnographic methods into development monitoring and evaluation. I co-direct the GIC with a great team, and we are always happy to talk to people about how anthropology can improve development.

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Household Water Insecurity Experiences Research Network (HWISE-RCN)

I am proud to be on the steering committee of the HWISE research collaborative network, funded by the National Science Foundation. The effort brings together scholars and practitioners from all around the world to better document the lived experience of water insecurity.

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Water and Society - a new book series

We are editing a new book series in partnership with Johns Hopkins University Press. We are looking for insightful social science about how water - or lack of it - shapes and reflects our lives and societies.

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Human Biology Association

The best small scientific society is the Human Biology Association (HBA). We are an interdisciplinary group of scientists including internationally-recognized leaders in the fields of anthropology, anatomy, public health, endocrinology, genetics, nutrition, and numerous others. I am currently serving as its President, and have been a member for nearly three decades.  If you are interested in an inclusive, supportive professional network, consider joining the society and/or attending the annual meetings.

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The homepage header is a painting by Odra Noel, courtesy of Wellcome Collections. It shows the tissue of the major diseases in different world regions

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