Prof. James A. Trostle

hackenberg-2011-trostle.jpgThe 2012 Hackenberg Lecture will be given by Prof. James Trostle, Dana Research Professor at Trinity University (Conn.) The title of his presentation is “A Road to Illness: Crossing Political, Scalar, and Disciplinary Boundaries.”  Prof. Trostle’s presentation will use the example of regional disease transmission to identify the variables which impact that process.  In turn, this analysis will provide a platform from which he will stress the importance (and pitfalls) of interdisciplinary exchange and cooperation.

This topic and frame of analysis reflects precisely the life work of Robert Hackenberg, for whom the Lecture is named.  At the time of his death in 2007, Prof. Hackenberg was Professor Emeritus at the University of Colorado and Adjunct Research Scientist at the University of Arizona.  He earned the Ph.D. degree from Cornell University.

Much like the Lecture namesake, Prof. Trostle has a lengthy record of applied social science research on health-related topics.  Moreover, he has held several international assignments, including a position at the National Institute of Pubic Health in Mexico.  He earned the Ph.D. and the M.P.H. degrees from the University of California (San Francisco/Berkeley), and held post-doctoral positions at Columbia University and the Mayo Clinic.

Jim Trostle is the Dana Research Professor of Anthropology and department chair at Trinity College (Hartford, CT).  He held prior positions as Professor of Public Health at the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico (2001-03); founding director of the Five College Program in Culture, Health, and Science (1995-98); and Senior Social Scientist at the Harvard Institute for International Development (1988-95).  He served from 2000-09 as a representative to WHO’s Americas Regional Advisory Panel in the Human Reproduction Programme, and from 2008-11 served as a member of WHO’s Expert Panel, Thematic Reference Group on Environment, Agriculture, and Infectious Diseases; Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases.  Following his receipt of a Weatherhead Resident fellowship at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe (2009-10), he was elected to the SAR Board of Managers.  He has taught or consulted in more than 25 countries, primarily in Latin America.

Trostle holds a PhD from the joint medical anthropology program at UC San Francisco and Berkeley and an MPH from the School of Public Health at Berkeley.  He did postdoctoral research at Columbia University and the Mayo Clinic.  Trostle’s scholarship combines medical anthropology and epidemiology.  Since 2000 he has been co-principal investigator on a longitudinal study of disease transmission funded by NIH and NSF, which is documenting  changes in social life and health that follow the construction of a paved road in a previously road- less region of coastal Ecuador.  He is author of Epidemiology and Culture (Cambridge 2005) and co-author of De la Investigación en Salud a las Políticas: la Difícil Traducción (From Health Research to Policy: The Difficult Translation (Manual Moderno and the Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública, Mexico, 2000) as well as more than 40 journal articles and book chapters.  Trostle has also written on research capacity-building and medication use for both infectious and chronic non-infectious diseases.  He teaches courses on medical anthropology, global health, research methods, community-campus partnerships, the anthropology of science, and international development.