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Assistant Professor

Email: aalyia(@)

Phone: (919) 962-1243

Office: Alumni 401B

Areas of Interest

Medical Anthropology; Aging; Care; Disability; Demographic Transitions; Emergent Biomedical Technologies; Health; Political Culture; Violence; Contemporary Social Theory; Paraethnography; Storytelling; Africa, with a special focus on Rwanda.


Ph.D., Anthropology, Yale University, 2020

M.A., Sociology of Health & Medicine, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), 2011

B.A., Anthropology, Sociology and Political Science, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), 2010

Selected Publications

“Hands Holding Life.” 2022. Theorizing the Contemporary, Fieldsights, December 1.

“Death in an Ordinary Time: Reflections from Rwanda.” 2022. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 36 (2): 198-216
*Winner of the Charles Hughes Paper Prize, Society for Medical Anthropology (2020); Honorable Mention Bennetta Jules-Rosette Award, Association for Africanist Anthropology (2020)Winner of the Doctoral Student Paper Award, Dying and Bereavement Special Interest Group, Society for Medical Anthropology (2019)

Sadruddin, Aalyia and Marcia C. Inhorn. 2020. “Aging, Vulnerability and Questions of Care in the Time of COVID-19.” (editor reviewed). Anthropology Now 12 (1): 17 23

“The Care of ‘Small Things’: Aging and Dignity in Rwanda.” 2020. Special Issue on “Aging, Care, and Chronicity,” Narelle Warren and Dikaios Sakellariou, eds. Medical Anthropology: Cross-Cultural Studies in Health and Illness 39 (1): 83-95.

Sadruddin, Aalyia, Liliana A. Pontuga, Anna L. Zonderman, Kyle S. Wiley, and Catherine Panter-Brick. 2019. “How do Grandparents Influence Child Health and Development? A Systematic Review.” Social Science & Medicine 239: 1-33.

Ice, Gillian, Aalyia Sadruddin, Amy Vagedes, Jaja Yogo, and Elizabeth Juma. 2012. “Stress Associated with Caregiving: A Test of the Stress Process Model Among Kenyan Luo Elders.” Social Science & Medicine 74 (12): 2020–2027.



ANTH 328  Anthropology of Care (Fall 2021, 2022, Advanced Undergraduate Medical Anthropology Seminar)

ANTH 464  Life and Violence (Spring 2022, Spring 2023, Advanced Undergraduate  Medical Anthropology Seminar)

ANTH 898  Aging in the Contemporary World (Spring 2022, Graduate Seminar)

ANTH 89    Don’t Dis My Disability (Fall 2022, First Year Seminar)

ANTH 390 Aging Across the Life Course: Multispecies Perspectives (Spring 2023, Advanced Undergraduate Medical Anthropology Seminar)