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


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:

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 environments. Working in Tanzania, he plans to explore how the priorities of global health and psychiatry shape the practices and experience of psychiatric care. His recent master’s thesis focused on ways in which Global Mental Health researchers talked about and used pharmaceuticals in their research-intervention trials.

During 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. During the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic years, he has received year-long FLAS Fellowships, also through the UNC African Studies Center, 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 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.