Dr. Craig R. Janes

craig_janes_photo 2012.jpgDr. Craig R. Janes is a medical anthropologist and Director of the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario. He received his BA in Anthropology from the University of California-San Diego (1975), his MA in Anthropology from the University of Colorado-Boulder (1978), and his PhD in Medical Anthropology from the University of California-Berkeley and San Francisco (1984). Trained initially as a medical anthropologist and social epidemiologist, Dr. Janes is committed to social science approaches in public health and global health policy. He has research strengths in human-environment interactions, health systems strengthening, social inequities and health, global health governance, and maternal and child health. Recent scholarship includes a study of governance and vulnerability to climate change in rural households in Mongolia; policy advocacy work with partners in Mongolia to create equity-focused health impact assessment regulations in the mining sector; and research with partners in Western Province, Zambia to address climate and flooding-related impacts on maternal and child health. Recent significant publications include “Anthropology and Global Health” (Annual Reviews of Anthropology 38: 167); “Harnessing opportunities for good governance of health impacts of mining projects in Mongolia” (Globalization and Health 13:39); and the book, Making Disaster: Neoliberalism, Climate Change and Vulnerability in Post-Socialist Mongolia (SAR Press, Santa Fe, NM).


I am delighted to be asked to sit on the SfAA nominations committee. I have always considered the SfAA to be my disciplinary “tribe”, and look forward to making contributions to its governance. Given my diverse experiences in anthropology and global public health globally, I believe I would be able to promote the mission of the organization through inclusive identification of academics and applied professionals across multiple sectors to serve SfAA. I have considerable experience working with scholarly organizations, serving two terms on the AAA-Society for Medical Anthropology Executive Board and one term as SMA President (2002-2005). I also chaired the Executive Board of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research and served one term as its National Coordinator.  I believe strongly in service to our community of scholars and practitioners, and would bring this commitment to serving SfAA.