Ian Whitmarsh, PhD

Associate Professor
Anthro, History, Social Med
+1 415 476-6164

I oppose the President of the United States for his policies toward undocumented immigrants and Muslims.

I am Director of the Medical Anthropology Ph.D. Program. My research explores tensions in structural, religious, and psychoanalytic logics in new forms of care. Over the past decade I have carried out research in the Caribbean on the transnational science of genomic research on the African diaspora; asthma as a modern condition in its ambiguity; and pleasures and dangers construed around diabetes and violence. These projects focus on biomedical links made between desire and suffering and the ethics and aesthetics of being healthy.

Publications: 

Nonsecular Medical Anthropology.

Medical anthropology

Whitmarsh I, Roberts EF

The No/Name of the Institution

Anthropological Quarterly

Whitmarsh I

Slow research: thoughts for a movement in global health.

Medical anthropology

Adams V, Burke NJ, Whitmarsh I

The Ascetic Subject of Compliance: The Turn to Chronic Diseases in Global Health. In When People Come First: Critical Studies in Global Health, Joao Biehl and Adriana Petryna, eds. Princeton: Princeton University Press. (302-324)

The Ascetic Subject of Compliance: The Turn to Chronic Diseases in Global Health. In When People Come First: Critical Studies in Global Health, Joao Biehl and Adriana Petryna, eds. Princeton: Princeton University Press. (302-324).

Whitmarsh I

American Genomics in Barbados: Race, Illness, and Pleasure in the Science of Personalized Medicine

Body and SocietyAmerican Genomics in Barbados: Race, Illness, and Pleasure in the Science of Personalized Medicine.

Whitmarsh, I.

Asthma and the value of contradictions.

Lancet (London, England)

Whitmarsh I

What's the Use of Race?: Modern Governance and the Biology of Difference

What's the Use of Race?: Modern Governance and the Biology of Difference

Whitmarsh, I. and D.S. Jones, eds

Medical Schismogenics: Compliance and Culture in Caribbean Biomedicine

Medical Schismogenics: Compliance and Culture in Caribbean Biomedicine

Whitmarsh, I.

American Ethnologist

Biomedical Ambivalence: Asthma Diagnosis, the Pharmaceutical, and other Contradictions in Barbados

Whitmarsh, I.

Biomedical Ambiguity: Race, Asthma, and the Contested Meaning of Genetic Research in the Caribbean

Biomedical Ambiguity: Race, Asthma, and the Contested Meaning of Genetic Research in the Caribbean

Whitmarsh, I.

A place for genetic uncertainty: parents valuing an unknown in the meaning of disease.

Social science & medicine (1982)

Whitmarsh I, Davis AM, Skinner D, Bailey DB