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.
Tom Widger, Position Pieces
Tom is assistant professor at the University of Durham, where he is engaged in research, teaching, and interventions in the fields of medical anthropology, development anthropology, and environmental anthropology. His theoretical work explores the ruptures in scientific and medical ontologies caused by chemical pollution on a global scale, while his applied work focuses on supporting corporate sustainability programmes in Sri Lanka. This double-sided engagement reflects an interest in exploring how a critical anthropology of global health and development might also be constructive, and especially how ethnography can be deployed more effectively in interdisciplinary encounters. He received his PhD in anthropology from the London School of Economics in 2009.
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.
Elizabeth Cartwright, Photo Essays
Idaho State University
Liz is a medical and visual anthropologist who mostly works in Latin America. Her work is focused on environmental health, social justice, and applied anthropology. She is a professor at Idaho State University in the lovely Rocky Mountains. Her visual interests span studying photography, attending the Maine Media Workshop’s film school, doing black-and-white photo printing, and teaching ethnographic filmmaking and multimodal visual research methods. She taught ‘Systematic Analysis of Videotaped Data’ at the NSF-sponsored short course on research methods under the direction of Russ Bernard for many wonderful summers. She is always on the lookout for ways to communicate all things anthropological through telling images and short texts. In her spare time, she plays her cello in the symphony and other small groups that will have her.
Bridget Bradley, Review Essays
University of St. Andrews
Bridget is an anthropologist broadly researching mental health and activism, with interests that cross boundaries of health, kinship, gender, the body, and political activism. She gained her PhD from the University of Edinburgh; her research explored the lived experiences of people who exhibit body-focused repetitive behaviours (BFRBs) and sought answers to questions of how illness communities are formed, valued, and made visible through patient activism. She has conducted ethnographic and auto-ethnographic fieldwork with the BFRB community in the United Kingdom and the United States and is involved in ongoing BFRB advocacy and support groups in the UK. Bridget’s new research focuses on eco-anxiety and intergenerational climate activism in the United Kingdom.
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.