Welcome to Medical Anthropology

Welcome to the course site for Medical Anthropology (ANTH225) at Queens College, the Fall 2022 edition.

Medical anthropology examines how health and illness, as well as medical knowledge and practice, are shaped not only by culture but also by social, political and economic realities. In this course you will be introduced to the key theoretical frameworks, concepts and debates that have shaped this vast subfield of cultural anthropology. Together, we will draw on this knowledge to critically examine questions of cultural difference, power, and inequality in relation to local and global current events as well as our own experiences of health, illness and medical care.

On this site you will find all of the readings, assignments and resources associated with the course as well as a virtual space to connect with each other beyond the classroom.

The class meets every Monday and Wednesday from 5:00-6:10PM. 

This course includes Open Educational Resources (OER), which are entirely cost-free and accessible online.

About the instructor:

My name is Nadia Augustyniak, and I’ll be your professor this semester. I am an adjunct lecturer in the Anthropology Department at Queens College, where I have been teaching medical anthropology, ethnography of South Asia, and introductory anthropology courses since 2014. I’m also a doctoral candidate in Cultural Anthropology at The Graduate Center. My dissertation research examines psychological counseling services in Sri Lanka, and I’m interested in everything to do with emotions, psychotherapy, mental health, family life and phenomenological anthropology.