Journal sections, which currently comprise Position Pieces, Reviews, Field Notes, and Photo Essays, are edited by academics appointed by the MAT Collective. Current section editors are listed below.
Jan Brunson, Position Pieces
University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
Jan (PhD Brown University) is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Her ethnographic research in Nepal focuses on global projects of inventory and intervention alongside Nepali women’s projects of reproduction and family making. Her first book, Planning Families in Nepal: Global and Local Projects of Reproduction, offers an intersectional account of Hindu Nepali women as they face conflicting global and local ideals regarding reproduction and family. She co-edited the transdisciplinary book International Handbook on Gender and Demographic Processes and, most recently, a special issue of Social Science and Medicine, which serves as an ethnographic interrogation of contemporary global health metrics and ontologies of intervention enacted in the Global South (‘Behind the Measures of Maternal and Reproductive Health’). She served as the chair of the Council on Anthropology and Reproduction from 2015 to 2017.
Dwaipayan Banerjee, Position Pieces
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Dwai is an associate professor of science, technology, and society (STS) at MIT. He earned his doctorate in cultural anthropology at NYU and was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Dartmouth College. He also holds an MPhil and an MA in sociology from the Delhi School of Economics. His first monograph, Enduring Cancer: Life, Death and Diagnosis in Delhi (Duke University Press, 2020), presents the efforts of the urban poor in Delhi to carve out a livable life with cancer as they negotiate an over-extended health system. Through ethnographic fieldwork, archival research, and analyses of cultural texts, he describes how cancer shapes and is shaped by local social worlds. He has also co-authored Hematologies: The Political Life of Blood in India (Cornell University Press, 2019) with Jacob Copeman. Hematologies examines how the giving and receiving of blood has shaped social and political life in North India in the 20th and 21st centuries. His current research—‘Decolonizing Science: Towards a Cosmopolitics of Art, Physics and Computing in 1950s India’—tracks scientific and aesthetic internationalisms in early postcolonial Bombay and Calcutta.
Felicity Aulino, Photo Essays
University of Massachussetts Amherst
Felicity Aulino is a medical anthropologist and ethnographic filmmaker, with primary area specialization in Thailand and a research focus on care, moral practice, and social change. In her recent book, Rituals of Care: Karmic Politics in an Aging Thailand (2019, Cornell University Press), she explores habituated practices of providing for others, along with the transformative potential of such acts. She is currently working on local theories of mind, processes of knowledge formation, (extra)ordinary experience, and care for the seen as well as the unseen.
Jerome Crowder, Photo Essays
University of Houston
Jerome is a medical and visual anthropologist who has worked in the Bolivian and Peruvian Andes and most recently in East Houston and Galveston, Texas conducting ethnographic and community based research. He is the co-author of Visual Research: A Concise Introduction to Thinking Visually (Bloomsbury, 2013) and a co-editor of Anthropological Data in the Digital Age (Palgrave, 2020). He has offered courses on visual analysis for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the University of Florida, health and migration for Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) and made a film about Dax Cowart, patients’ rights activist, which is distributed by Alexander Street Press. His exhibit of photos documenting the lives of rural-urban migrants in Bolivia, Sueños Urbanos: Urban Dreams- The Search for a Better Life in Bolivia has toured the United States and South America since it opened in 2000. He is the current President of the Society for Visual Anthropology and an associate professor at the University of Houston College of Medicine.
Marlee Tichenor, Review Essays
University of Durham
Marlee is a medical anthropologist whose research investigates the politics of evidence and data in health policy and intervention and the logics of global health governance. Her doctoral research at UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco was a multi-sited ethnographic study of pharmaceutical interventions, antimalarial resistance research, and community-based approaches to the fight against malaria in Senegal. Her second project, with the Usher Institute’s Global Health Governance Programme at the University of Edinburgh, examined the development of metrics at the World Bank for measuring success in global health projects, as well as their influence on the global agenda of – and national strategies for – universal health coverage (UHC). This work has included both examining the development of UHC policies in Senegal, as well as analysing the reach of economic language and the particular discursive histories of concepts like health equity in global initiatives for UHC. Her current research, as a part of the METRO project in Social Policy, interrogates the way statistical capacity development became its own goal in the global push for the Sustainable Development Goals, and how official statistics have been situated, and have become, a new contentious terrain for a growing community of international organisations to stake claims over sustainable futures.
Rosie Sims, Field Notes
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Rosie has recently received her PhD in anthropology from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Her research investigates a global health intervention which released bacteria-infected mosquitos as a flying biotechnology against arboviruses like Zika, dengue, and chikungunya in Medellín, Colombia. Her dissertation explores how this alternative approach to vector control departs from existing rationales of eradication and instead is premised on the idea of multispecies coexistence, implying a reconfiguration of human–mosquito–microbe relations and advocating a more complex understanding of health. Her broader research interests include the anthropology of science, multispecies ethnography, planetary health, and the environment.