Ann Herring, McMaster University

Anthropology Professor Hamilton, Ontario herring@mcmaster.ca Office: (905) 525-9140 ext. 23915

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My primary research interests center on the anthropology of infectious disease. This involves studying the evolution of pathogens, the biosocial circumstances that give rise to epidemics and facilitate their spread from place to place, as well as the biosocial processes that ensue from the disea...

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Bio/Research

My primary research interests center on the anthropology of infectious disease. This involves studying the evolution of pathogens, the biosocial circumstances that give rise to epidemics and facilitate their spread from place to place, as well as the biosocial processes that ensue from the disease experience. I’m interested in the way populations and societies – past and present – are transformed by epidemics and in the ways in which patterns of health and disease change through time. My work straddles the Department’s strengths in the anthropology of health, human biology, ethnohistory and the anthropology of death.

Much of my current research focuses on the determinants of health in Canada, with a particular emphasis on Aboriginal health. My current projects examine 19th and 20th century epidemics (especially influenza and tuberculosis), nutrition, and environmental health.



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