Ian Whitmarsh, PhD

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionUniversity of California San Francisco
DepartmentAnthro, History, Social Med
Address3333 California Street
San Francisco CA 94118
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    I oppose the President of the United States for his policies toward undocumented immigrants and Muslims.

    I am Director of the Medical Anthropology Ph.D. Program. My research explores tensions in structural, religious, and psychoanalytic logics in new forms of care. Over the past decade I have carried out research in the Caribbean on the transnational science of genomic research on the African diaspora; asthma as a modern condition in its ambiguity; and pleasures and dangers construed around diabetes and violence. These projects focus on biomedical links made between desire and suffering and the ethics and aesthetics of being healthy.

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    1. Whitmarsh I, Roberts EF. Nonsecular Medical Anthropology. Med Anthropol. 2016 May-Jun; 35(3):203-8. PMID: 26652795.
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    2. Whitmarsh I. The No/Name of the Institution. Anthropological Quarterly. 2014; 3(87):855-881.
    3. Adams V, Burke NJ, Whitmarsh I. Slow research: thoughts for a movement in global health. Med Anthropol. 2014; 33(3):179-97. PMID: 24761973.
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    4. Whitmarsh I. Troubling "environments": postgenomics, Bajan wheezing, and Lévi-Strauss. Med Anthropol Q. 2013 Dec; 27(4):489-509. PMID: 24285248.
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    5. Whitmarsh I. The Ascetic Subject of Compliance: The Turn to Chronic Diseases in Global Health. In When People Come First: Critical Studies in Global Health, Joao Biehl and Adriana Petryna, eds. Princeton: Princeton University Press. (302-324). 2013.
    6. Whitmarsh, I.American Genomics in Barbados: Race, Illness, and Pleasure in the Science of Personalized Medicine. Body and SocietyAmerican Genomics in Barbados: Race, Illness, and Pleasure in the Science of Personalized Medicine. 2011; 17(2-3):159-182.
    7. Whitmarsh I. Asthma and the value of contradictions. Lancet. 2010 Sep 04; 376(9743):764-5. PMID: 20827816.
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    8. Whitmarsh, I. and D.S. Jones, eds .What's the Use of Race?: Modern Governance and the Biology of Difference. 2010.
    9. Whitmarsh I. Hyperdiagnostics: postcolonial utopics of race-based biomedicine. Med Anthropol. 2009 Jul; 28(3):285-315. PMID: 20182966.
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    10. Whitmarsh, I. .Medical Schismogenics: Compliance and Culture in Caribbean Biomedicine. 2009.
    11. Bailey DB, Skinner D, Davis AM, Whitmarsh I, Powell C. Ethical, legal, and social concerns about expanded newborn screening: fragile X syndrome as a prototype for emerging issues. Pediatrics. 2008 Mar; 121(3):e693-704. PMID: 18310190.
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    12. Whitmarsh, I.Biomedical Ambiguity: Race, Asthma, and the Contested Meaning of Genetic Research in the Caribbean. 2008.
    13. Whitmarsh, I.American Ethnologist. Biomedical Ambivalence: Asthma Diagnosis, the Pharmaceutical, and other Contradictions in Barbados. 2008; 35(1):49-63.
    14. Whitmarsh I, Davis AM, Skinner D, Bailey DB. A place for genetic uncertainty: parents valuing an unknown in the meaning of disease. Soc Sci Med. 2007 Sep; 65(6):1082-93. PMID: 17561324; PMCID: PMC2267724.
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