My current cv is available here.
I am a President's Professor at Arizona State University. My approach to doing anthropology embraces collaboration, transdisciplinarity, and rigorous data collection using an array of field methods to understand how culture shapes physical and mental health. Currently my work coalesces around three primary problems: obesity/weight gain, water insecurity, and stigma in global health.
I began doing long-term fieldwork in the Pacific islands -- Polynesia and Micronesia -- in the late 1980s. Since then, I have expanded to other parts of the globe, including most recently in Ethiopia, Haiti, and the US. I collaborate on my current projects with an amazing array of experts from many different countries and fields. Much of the overall design and execution of these collaborative projects is done in partnership with fellow ASU anthropologist Amber Wutich.
You can find a full detailed (and rather boring) biography at the bottom of my cv. Short version: I was born in New Zealand. My PhD is from the University of Arizona, and I did a postdoc at Brown University. I am formally trained in cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, and demography. I previously taught at both University of Auckland and University of Georgia and have written five books and over 150 academic articles.
I also have served in university leadership, and my favorite challenge is strategic growth and transformation in complex institutional environments. After joining ASU in 2006, I founded the Center for Global Health and launched the country's first (and still largest) undergraduate program in global health. I then directed the incredible School of Human Evolution and Social Change (SHESC) for some eight years. It was an amazing administrative ride, through massive recession-related budget cuts that spurred entrepreneurial innovation and included rolling out multiple new on campus and online degrees; it ended with Anthropology at ASU being ranked #1 in the US for both research scale and faculty productivity even as our number of majors simultaneously doubled. I also served as ASU's Vice President for Social Science for four years, another period of exciting growth in otherwise uncertain times that took our NSF HERD national ranking in social science from #15 to #4.
By the way, I write as and prefer to go professionally by Alexandra Brewis, but my legal name is Alexandra Slade. Techno-bureaucracy means my last name turns up variously in different systems as Brewis, Brewis Slade (no hyphen), Brewis-Slade (hyphen), and Slade. I answer to them all.