Authors And Editors
    • Medical Anthropologist, Associate Professor at UCSF School of Medicine

    Kelly Ray Knight, PhD is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine at UCSF, School of Medicine.

    • Internal Medicine
    • Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at UCSF School of Medicine

    Dr. Jackson is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine. Her clinical and research focus is on dismantling of racial/ethnic disparities in reproductive health through diversifying the healthcare workforce and education of medical students, residents and practicing physicians on how systemic racism contributes to healthcare inequality.  She is currently co-Director of the UCSF Initiative for Black Women’s Health and Livelihood and a leader of the UCSF School of Medicine Differences Matter project, a 5 year initiative charged with addressing racism in health and medical culture.  


    Dr. Jackson earned her B.S. in Engineering at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and received a medical degree from Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts. She completed her residency at Brigham and Woman's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, followed by a fellowship in Family Planning at UCSF. She also earned her Masters in clinical research at UCSF.

    • 20 years of Roma related work
    Instructor at Harvard FXB Center and the Director of the Roma Program at Harvard
    Instructor at Harvard FXB Center and the Director of the Roma Program at Harvard

    Margareta (Magda) Matache is a Roma rights activist from Romania, director of the Roma Program at Harvard FXB,  and also a Harvard instructor. In 2012 she was awarded a Hauser postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard FXB and founded the Roma Program at Harvard at that time. The University of Pennsylvania Press published her latest book  Realizing Roma Rights in spring 2017. This volume, which she co-edited with Andrzej Mirga and Jacqueline Bhabha, investigates anti-Roma racism and documents a growing Roma-led political movement engaged in building a more inclusive and just Europe. From 2005 to 2012 Matache was the executive director of Romani CRISS, a leading NGO that defends and promotes the rights of Roma.

    • Maternal and Fetal Medicine
    • Maternal-Fetal Medicine
    • Qualitative Research
    • Medical Anthropology
    Maternal-fetal medicine fellow and graduate student in medical anthropology at Northwestern University
    Maternal-fetal medicine fellow and graduate student in medical anthropology at Northwestern University

    Dr. Ashish Premkumar is a fellow in maternal-fetal medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. He is also a graduate student in medical anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at The Graduate School, Northwestern University. Dr. Premkumar completed his BA/MD in the Seven-Year Liberal Arts/Medical Education Program at Boston University. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of California San Francisco. He is a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. His research interestes include perinatal substance use, hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, management of preterm birth, the utilization of risk-based discourses within obstetrical counseling, and the social lives of clinical trials.

    • Program Officer at Open Society Foundations

    Marek Szilvasi is a program officer with the Open Society Public Health Program, where he focuses on ethnicity and health equality and Roma health.

    Szilvasi has more than 10 years of professional experience in developing and implementing social justice and antidiscrimination advocacy, research, education, and awareness-raising campaigns, and public litigation support strategies targeting national and international authorities across Europe. He has worked on policy change in the areas of public health, environmental justice, access to education, housing, criminal justice, migration and free movement, access to identity documents, and placement of children in care systems. Szilvasi supported development and advocated for implementation of more than 15 discrimination (national and international jurisdiction) cases. He has been a lecturer in sociology and philosophy at universities in the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia, and a visiting researcher at universities in Croatia, India, and Italy.

    Szilvasi holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom, where the Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society, and Rule of Law sponsored his research on the contradictions of the European inclusion policy process.

  • Laura Duncan is an MD/PhD candidate in the University of California, San Francisco/University of California, Berkeley joint program in medicine and medical anthropology. Her research focuses on the healthcare experiences of LGBTQ+ communities, as well as techniques and theories of medical education. She is also part of the Bay Area Structural Competency Working Group, which designs and offers trainings for heathcare professionals on addressing systemic causes of health inequality. She has previously served as a full-spectrum doula and researched stigma within opioid replacement treatments.

    • Internal Medicine
    • Primary Care; Social Medicine
    • Medical Anthropology
    • Social Medicine
    Medical anthropologist, Associate Professor UC Berkeley and UCSF, physician at Highland Hospital, editor of NEJM Case Studies in Social Medicine
    Medical anthropologist, Associate Professor UC Berkeley and UCSF, physician at Highland Hospital, editor of NEJM Case Studies...

    Seth M. Holmes, PhD, MD, is Associate Professor and Chair of the Division of Society and Environment and Associate Professor in the Joint Program in Medical Anthropology at the University of California Berkeley and San Francisco.  A cultural and medical anthropologist and physician, he has worked on social hierarchies, health inequities, and the ways in which such asymmetries are naturalized, normalized, and resisted in the context of transnational im/migration, agro-food systems, and health care.  He is one of the editors of the NEJM Case Studies in Social Medicine.  In addition, he is the author of Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States and he sees patients at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California.  

    • Psychiatry

    Helena Hansen, MD, PhD, is a joint-appointed Assistant Professor of anthropology and psychiatry at New York University, and a research psychiatrist at the New York State Office of Mental Health's Nathan Kline Institute. She earned an MD and PhD in cultural anthropology as part of Yale University’s NIH funded Medical Scientist Training Program. During graduate school, she completed fieldwork in Havana on Cuban AIDS policy, in urban Connecticut on harm reduction and needle exchange, and in Puerto Rico on faith healing in evangelical Christian addiction ministries founded and run by self-identified ex-addicts. Her work has been published in both clinical and social science journals ranging from the Journal of the American Medical Association and Health Affairs to Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry and Medical Anthropology.

    After graduate school, Dr. Hansen completed a clinical residency in psychiatry at NYU Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital, during which she also undertook an ethnographic study of the introduction of new addiction pharmaceuticals. She examined the social and political implications of clinicians’ efforts to establish addiction as a biomedical, rather than moral or social condition, as well as the ways that neurochemical treatments may be reinscribing hierarchies of ethnicity and race.

    As a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation fellow from 2014-2018, Dr. Hansen produced a feature length visual documentary, Managing the Fix (2017), based on this work. She is also leading a national movement for training of clinical practitioners to address social determinants of health, which she and co-leader RWJ Clinical Scholar Jonathan Metzl call "Structural Competency." Dr. Hansen is the recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Investigator Award, Kaiser Permanente Burche Minority Leadership Award, a NIDA K01 Award, a Mellon Sawyer Seminar grant, and the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training Model Curriculum Award.

    • Internal Medicine
    • Assistant Professor, Anthropology, International Institute, and Internal Medicine at University of Michigan

    Scott Stonington, MD, PhD, holds a joint-appointment as Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan and an internal medicine physician at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. After earning his PhD in Medical Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco, and his MD from the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Stonington completed residency training in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

    Dr. Stonington’s research broadly addresses the globalization of biomedical ethics and expertise. His first project in this area focused on decision-making at the end of life in Thailand, where individuals face a complex combination of ethical frameworks generated by high-tech medical care, human-rights politics, and the metaphysical demands of dying. Dr. Stonington spent two years accompanying Thai elders at their deathbeds, documenting their children’s attempts to pay back their “debt of life” via intensive medical care, as well as the ensuing “spirit ambulance,” a rush to get patients on life-support home at the last possible moment to orchestrate the final breath in a spiritually advantageous place. Dr. Stonington’s second project in this area focuses on global debates over the use of opiates for pain management.

    Dr. Stonington has published extensively in social medicine for clinical audiences, including editing a special issue of PLoS Medicine in 2006 entitled “Social Medicine in the 21st Century” (with Seth Holmes), as well as individual pieces in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Lancet.

    Dr. Stonington’s secondary research agenda addresses medical epistemology in the United States, specifically how health practitioners decide what constitutes true and/or useful knowledge and how this affects patients.  This work grows out of his ongoing practice as an Internal Medicine physician, both in the hospital and in primary care.

    • Assistant Teaching Professor (LPSOE) and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Anthropology at University of California Irvine

    Dr. Angela Jenks is an Associate Professor of Teaching and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine.

    Research & Teaching Interests include Medical anthropology; Science and technology studies; Race, ethnicity, and the politics of difference; Cultural competence in U.S. biomedicine; Health equity; Anthropology pedagogy

    • Internal Medicine
    • Founding Co-Director of EqualHealth and Assistant Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital

    Dr. Morse is the Founding Co-Director of EqualHealth and Assistant Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Morse co-founded EqualHealth (, an organization that aims to inspire and support the development of Haiti's next generation of healthcare leaders through transforming medical and nursing education and creating opportunities for Haitian health professionals to thrive. She works to strengthen medical education globally, expand the teaching of social medicine in the US and abroad, and to support health systems strengthening through EqualHealth. In 2015 Dr. Morse worked with several partners to found the Social Medicine Consortium (SMC), a global coalition of over 700 people representing over 50 universities and organizations in twelve countries, which seeks to use activism and disruptive pedagogy rooted in the practice and teaching of social medicine to address the miseducation of health professionals on the root causes of illness. In 2018, Dr. Morse was named as a Soros Equality Fellow and will be working on the SMC’s global Campaign Against Racism during the fellowship.

    Dr. Morse is an internal medicine hospitalist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) through the Division of Global Health Equity, an instructor on the faculty at Harvard Medical School, and an affiliate of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine. She served as Deputy ChiefMedical Officer for Partners in Health (PIH) from 2013 to 2016. She also served as an advisor to the Medical Director of Mirebalais Hospital, a newly built public academic medical center established through a partnership between the government of Haiti and PIH.  Previously, she served as Director of Medical Education at Mirebalais Hospital, where she started the hospital’s first three residency programs. She began serving on the Board of Directors of Partners In Health in the spring of 2018.

    As a Howard Hiatt Global Health Equity resident in Internal Medicine at BWH from 2008-2012, Dr. Morse worked in Haiti, Rwanda, and Botswana. She focused her international work in Haiti where she helped to coordinate Partners In Health’s (PIH) earthquake relief efforts, was a first-responder for the cholera epidemic, and worked on women's health and quality improvement projects.

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