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Research Associate Professor


Phone: (919) 408-8133

Area of Interest:

Non-medical constraints to improved health care; socio-cultural and behavioral factors in international health; culture change; techniques for applying anthropology (the benefits that can accrue from the application of anthropology to non-academic settings are often profound; however, the process of applying anthropology successfully requires skills that are not necessarily taught in standard anthropology courses); the future of anthropology as a discipline.Research Professor, Department of Social Medicine, School of Medicine; Research Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences; International Development Consultant.


Ph.D., Wisconsin, 1975.

Research & Activities:


For most of my professional career, I have been a practicing anthropologist working in both government and non-government settings. I spent more than 20 years in the U.S. Foreign Service working primarily to strengthen health care services in developing countries – work which included resident assignments in five countries: the Philippines, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Jordan and Morocco. I have conducted field research in a variety of settings, inlcuding: an Inuit village in the Canadian arctic; Yupik and Inupiat speaking villages of Alaska; several islands in the Philippines; Sri Lanka; Bangladesh; and, Thailand.

Professional Experience

Policy Advisor for Population and Health, Bureau for Policy and Program Coordination, USAID/Washington, 1997; Chief, Population, Health and Human Resources Office, USAID/Morocco, Rabat, 1994-1997; Chief, Human Resources Division, Office of Development Resources of the Near East Bureau of USAID/Washington, 1992-1994; Senior Technical Officer, Technologies for Primary Health Care Project, Management Sciences for Health, 1991 – 1992; Senior Health and Population Officer, Technical Resources Division, Asia Bureau, USAID./Washington, 1990 – 1991; Director of the Office of Health and Population, USAID Mission to Jordan, Amman, Jordan, 1987 – 1990; Population Officer and Deputy Chief of the Health, Population and Nutrition Division, USAID Mission to Pakistan, Islamabad, Pakistan, 1982 – 1987; Social Science Analyst and Deputy Chief of the Population Policy Development Division, Office of Population, Science and Technology Bureau, USAID/Washington, 1979 – 1982; Head of the Research Unit, Program Office, USAID Mission to Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1978 – 1979; Social Science Analyst, Human Resources Division, USAID Mission to the Philippines, Manila, Philippines, 1977 – 1978; Social Science Analyst, Office of Technical Resources, Asia Bureau, USAID/Washington, 1976 – 1977.

Selected Publications:

– 1998 Postabortion Care Services: an Update from PRIME. (with F. Greenslade). Resources for Women’s Health; Vol. I, No. 2.

– 1992 Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS) and the Commercial Marketplace in Developing Countries (with R. Chandler and H. Tucker). Technologies for Primary Health Care (PRITECH), Arlington, Virginia.

– 1992 “Sustainability.” Technical Literature Update on Diarrhea; Vol. VII, No. 2.

– 1991 Forging New Partnerships: Involving the Commercial Sector in Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS) Marketing, PRITECH’s Pakistan Experience. (with L. Ferraz-Tabor). Technologies for Primary Health Care (PRITECH), Arlington, Virginia.

– 1989 “Development Anthropology: Present Trends and Future Directions.” Anthropology Newsletter (October Issue).

– 1982 Analysis of India’s Population Policies and Programs. (With G. Brown, A. Jain and J. Laing). Bangkok, Thailand: The Population Council.

– 1981 “Anthropology in the U.S. Agency for International Development: An Overview.” Practicing Anthropology 3(2): 7-8, 53-54.

– 1979 “A Socio-Cultural Inquiry of Some Targeted Maternal and Child Health Program (TCMP) Participants.” Philippine Journal of Nutrition, Vol. XXXII, No. 4 (October-December): 198-200.

– 1978 National Malaria Control in India: A Consideration of Some Socio-Cultural Variables. Development Information Center, Paper No. PN-AAG-146. Development Experience Clearing House. Arlington, Virginia.

-1978 Socio-Cultural Factors Affecting Malaria Control Programs in Sri-Lanka. Development Information Center, Paper No. PN-AAG- 0064. Development Experience Clearing House. Arlington, Virginia.