President's Professor at Arizona State University.
My current cv is available here. My research is about understanding how low social position and resource insecurity interact with disease meanings, experiences, and diagnoses to exacerbate the psychosocial stresses that worsen physical and mental health. Put another way, I test empirically potential social and ecological mechanisms for how low power translates into health disparities.
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, lead professional organizations, and served in journal editorships. You can read a bit more about my admin and service here.
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.
Here is a recent headshot if you are looking for one: