Eileen Moyer (PhD, University of Amsterdam, 2003) is an associate professor at the University of Amsterdam, specializing in urban and medical anthropology. She began her academic career as a literature major, with a secret fantasy to write fiction, and sees well-crafted ethnography as the next best thing. Her research, which has taken place mainly in eastern and southern Africa, has focused on the entwinement of globalization, health, and urban popular culture, with a special interest in the emergence of cosmopolitan socialities related to HIV. In 2015, she was awarded a prestigious European Research Council consolidator grant to research the relationship between global health gender equality initiatives and transformations in urban African masculinities over the last quarter century.
Vinh-Kim Nguyen is a practicing physician and anthropologist who travels too much and does too many things, but is at heart committed to the clinic as a key site of theoretical praxis, and ethnography as a mode of engaging with the world. Trying to pull together work that has involved him in the Ebola response, the hope of eliminating HIV transmission using new biomedical approaches, and work in an emergency room in one of Paris’s poorest migrant communities, Vinh-Kim is currently thinking through how disease elimination strategies mobilize new regimes of anticipation, confront existing paradigms of communicability, and reveal how marginalized populations acquire value as epidemiological buffers. He is grateful for the support of a European Research Council consolidator grant, the EU’s Horizon 2020 funding scheme, the French national medical research agency Inserm, and the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Accra.
In her role as managing editor, Erin Martineau combines her love for words, anthropology, and systems. After receiving her PhD in anthropology in 2006 from CUNY's Graduate Center, she led a university-wide writing program for faculty and doctoral students. In 2012, she founded 'Another Pair of Eyes', her editing business, and she now splits her time between editing for academics around the globe and growing a large permaculture garden in western Massachusetts.
Josien de Klerk
Found in Translation
As the Found in Translation section editor, Josien de Klerk (PhD, University of Amsterdam, 2011) combines her love for language, communication, history, and kinship through finding and tracing medical anthropological genealogies in different parts of the world. Her research, mainly in eastern and southern Africa has focused on aging and (self-)care in the context HIV/AIDS. Josien is a lecturer in Global Public Health at the Leiden University College in The Hague, where she teaches medical anthropology. She spends her free time in her tiny house on wheels on a plot of land near Nijmegen, where she enjoys practicing a more self-sufficient lifestyle.
Danya Fast (PhD, University of British Columbia, 2013) is a medical anthropologist and artist working in Vancouver, Canada. Since 2007, her ethnographic work in Canada and Tanzania has focused on how young people who inhabit the margins of urban space understand, experience, and imagine their ‘place’ in the city. Danya’s love of the arts began in childhood, and it continues to inspire her commitment to more experimental ethnographic methods – particularly the use of photography, sound, video, and performance.
Rita Isabel Henderson
Book and Film Reviews
Rita Isabel Henderson is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Cumming School of Medicine’s Departments of Community Health Sciences and Family Medicine, at the University of Calgary. Her research focuses on health inequities experienced by marginalized youth, structural violence in healthcare experiences, and innovating health professional education and wider health systems for Indigenous health equity. She has also carried out research on intergenerational trauma in Chile and youth health promotion in Tanzania.
Jenna's research concerns biomedicine and forms of modernity in Cambodia, including projects on imaging technologies, malaria drug resistance, clinical trials, as well as ethnographic film. She is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Washington. After receiving her PhD in anthropology in 2013, with concentrations in feminist and medical anthropology, from the University of Iowa she was a postdoctoral fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies at Leiden University and a researcher with the Institut Pasteur du Cambodge.
Erica van der Sijpt
Erica van der Sijpt (PhD, University of Amsterdam, 2011) is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Amsterdam. Since 2004, her work has focused on the ways in which people navigate the insecurities of, and adversities in, their reproductive lives. After years of fieldwork in the rainforest in Cameroon, she changed her field site to the Carpathian Mountains in Romania 2012, when she received a prestigious grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research for a study on threatened reproduction. Erica loves combining ethnography and filmmaking, and enjoys Romania’s beautiful nature and good food.
Tom Widger (PhD, LSE, 2009) is an assistant professor at the University of Durham, 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.
Martha Lincoln is a medical anthropologist and assistant professor at San Francisco State University. Her research experience is concentrated on public health and infectious disease in Viet Nam. She has also published on ghosts and haunting, the informal sector, and the biopolitics of body exhibitions.
Branwyn Poleykett is a postdoctoral research associate at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Cambridge. She has researched sex work and risk in Senegal and capacity building for global health programmes in Tanzania. She is currently preparing a book manuscript based on archival and ethnographic research in Morocco and Senegal. The book is a visual history of colonial and postcolonial public health considering a range of medical and visual materials, including medical photography; anthropological diagrams; progressive pedagogies; the visual depiction of material, chemical, and socio-political efficacies against endemic disease; health promotion murals; posters; cinema; and tele-clubs. She has recently begun work on a new project on the history of the Senegalese diet and the management of metabolic diseases in Dakar.
Social Media Coordinator
Tanja Ahlin is a doctoral candidate at the University of Amsterdam, working in the fields of medical anthropology and science and technology studies. In her research project, she explores the influence of everyday information and communication technologies on elderly care in Indian transnational families. Her fascination with social media borders on addiction – to have a good excuse, she likes to make them a part of her work whenever possible.
With a deep curiosity about the use of language for creative academic works, in 2012 Sarita Fae Jarmack began assisting international writers with the sculpting and development of their texts. As a PhD candidate in the department of anthropology at the University of Amsterdam, she continues her involvement in the publishing world as an editorial assistant for MAT. As an advocate of inclusion with a background in special education, her work with MAT enables her to learn how to better make texts available not just to other scholars but to all learners through the processes of an open-access journal.
Kathleen O’Farrell is a professional fixer and former bicycle messenger with a background in marine transportation, logistics, and administrative management. She lives nomadically while working on various research projects within the fields of medical anthropology and global health.
Wendy Kuijn recently graduated from the Social Sciences Master’s Program at the University of Amsterdam with a focus on science and technology studies and medical anthropology. In her master’s research on time and knowledge production, she was able to combine the perplexity and amazement she feels about topics such as numbers, psychology, and (mental) health. Working as an editorial assistant allows her to learn more about what it takes to run an academic journal.
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