Email: bdougan at


Office: 105C Caldwell

Pronouns: he/him/his

Research Interests: Anthropology of medicine, global health, and humanitarianism; post-colonial psychiatry; ethics of care; African urbanization; east Africa; Tanzania


2017 MA, Department of Anthropology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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 and received 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 in developing countries, while working on studies in Uganda and east Baltimore.

Research & Activities:
Bryan is interested in exploring the increased attention to psychiatric care in global health and the formation of “global health mental.” Using ethnographic and archival methods, his dissertation will focus on histories of global health interventions and urban inequalities to examine how different forms of humanitarian and state interventions shape the possibilities of different actors (e.g. doctors, kin) providing care to the severely mentally ill.

Bryan has received three Foreign Languages and Area Studies through UNC African Studies Center. During summer 2016, he studied Swahili at the African Foreign Languages Initiative at the University of Florida through a Summer FLAS Fellowship. During the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic years, he has received year-long FLAS Fellowships to study at the intermediate and advanced level. He is also a Graduate Student Fellow at the UNC Parr Center for Ethics.

Outside of school he enjoys drinking coffee in diners, listening to James Taylor and Whitney Houston, 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.

Selected 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.

Selected Conference Presentations:
2018    “Symptom Checklists and Biolegitimacy in Global Mental Health” presented at American Ethnological Society/Society for Visual Anthropology Meeting, Philadelphia, PA (*co-chaired panel “Legitimizing a Less Exceptional Life in Global Public Health” with Chelsey Carter, Washington University at St Louis).

2017    “‘I realized it wasn’t Evidenced-Based’: On a Border between Global Health & Humanitarianism,” presented at Borders: On Boundaries, Barriers, and Transgression in Anthropology, Boulder, CO

2017    “‘Global Mental Health is not Big Pharma’: On the Use of Psychopharmaceuticals in Global Mental Health Research Trials,” presented at American Ethnological Society Meeting, Palo Alto, CA