Office: 105C Caldwell

Research Interests: Anthropology of medicine, health, and humanitarianism; post-colonial psychiatry; ethics, standardization of knowledge and technology, and global health; east Africa; Tanzania


2014                           MSPH, Department of International Health

Program in Social & Behavioral Interventions

The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health                                                       

2011                            BA (Cum Laude), Sociology

Franklin & Marshall College

Jan-May 2010             Development Studies – Study Abroad Program, Uganda

World Learning/School for International Training

Professional Background:

Following his graduation from Franklin & Marshall College in 2011, Bryan worked for a year outside of DC as an advocacy coordinator for a mental health intervention being implemented in eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2012 he returned to school to receive a master’s in public health from Johns Hopkins University. During his time at JHU, he focused his coursework and research on mental health interventions, while working on studies in Uganda and east Baltimore.

Research & Activities:

At UNC he is interested in exploring the increased attention to psychiatric care in global health and the production of psychiatric data and knowledge in mental health studies in east Africa. His master’s thesis will explore the ways in which the Movement for Global Mental Health discusses and implements psycho-pharmaceutical interventions through discourse and ethnographic analysis.

For the summer of 2016, Bryan studied Swahili at the African Foreign Languages Initiative at the University of Florida through a Foreign Languages and Area Studies Summer (FLAS) Fellowship awarded by the UNC African Studies Center. He will continue his language study during the 2016-2017 academic year with a yearlong FLAS Fellowship, also through the UNC African Studies Center. He is appointed as a Graduate Student Fellow at the UNC Parr Center for Ethics. He is a 2016 Royal Air Maroc-ASA Student Travel Award through the African Studies Association.

Outside of school he enjoys drinking coffee in diners, listening to James Taylor, and watching Parks & Recreation reruns.

Selected Publications:

2012                Dicklitch, Susan, Berwood Yost, and Bryan M. Dougan. “Building a Barometer                          of Gay Rights (BGR): A Case Study of Uganda and the Persecution of                                          Homosexuals.” Human Rights Quarterly 34(2): 448-471.

Book Reviews:    

2015                Anthropology in the Making: Research in Health and Development. Laurent                                   Vidal, New York: Routledge, 2014, 181 pp. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 29:             b43–b45.