Dr. Eugene Richardson

richardson.jpgDr. Eugene Richardson is an applied anthropologist and Assistant Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He received his MD from Cornell University Medical College and his PhD in anthropology from Stanford University. Dr. Richardson conducts NIH-funded research on the structural dynamics of epidemic disease in sub-Saharan Africa. He worked as a clinician for the international organization, Partners In Health, during the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and since then has conducted research on how large-scale social forces shape human behavior in response to epidemics. He is currently writing a book entitled, “Epidemic Illusions: The Symbolic Violence of Public Health Discourse.”

Statement

I am honored to be nominated to serve on the SfAA Board of Directors. I have spent the past five years using biosocial approaches to analyze infectious disease epidemics in southern and, more recently, West Africa, with the goal of producing a critically applied public anthropology. As such, I have worked hard to bring the fruits of social science out of the academy and into pragmatic engagement with contemporary problems. If elected, I pledge to promote this mission of the SfAA, while working with our diverse membership to share knowledge, build stronger networks, and support professional development.