Vincanne Adams, PhD

Title(s)Professor, Humanities & Social Sciences
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address3333 California Street
San Francisco CA 94118
Phone415-502-6483
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    Brown University, Providence RIBA1/82biology/medical anthropology
    University of California , Berkeley and San FranciscoPhD6/87Medical Anthropology
    university of California , San Francisco, CA2021Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training
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    UCSF2017Distinction in Teaching
    Society for Medical Anthropology2015Honorable Mention Millennium Book Prize
    Society for the Study of Social Problems2014Finalist, C Wright Mills Prize
    International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicines2009Basham Medal
    Society for Medical Anthropology2006Polgar Prize

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    In my capacity as Professor in the Joint Program in Medical Anthropology (with UC Berkeley), I am committed to making a contribution to knowledge and insight about the interface between health and a flourishing life. My books include the following:

    Tigers of the Snow and Other Virtual Sherpas
    (Princeton University Press, 1996)
    Doctors for Democracy: The Role of Health Professionals in the Nepal Revolution
    (Cambridge University Press 1998)
    Sex In Development: Science, Sexuality and Morality in Global Perspective
    (with Pigg, Duke University Press 2005)
    Medicine Between Science and Religion: Explorations on Tibetan Grounds
    (with Craig, Schrempf, Berghahn Press 2010)
    Markets of Sorrow, Labors of Faith: New Orleans in the Wake of Katrina
    (Duke University Press 2014)
    Metrics: What Counts in Global Health
    (Duke University Press, 2017)
    What's Making Our Children Sick?
    (with Perro, Chelsea Green Publishers, 2018)
    Speculative Live, Chemical Harm: A GE Food Story
    (under review Duke University Press)
    Preoccupied: Life Under Surveillance in Tibet
    (in progress)

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    Alterlife
    University of California Humanities Research Institute Jul 1, 2020 - Jun 30, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator, with two co-investigators (Kelly Knight and Lochlann Jain)
    Role Description: Alterlife is a faculty working group exploring the predicaments of chemical harm and responses to the theme of 'collapsology' in relation to exposure, climate change and survival.
    Age, Disruption, and Life Reorganization after Hurricane Katrina
    NIH R01AG028621Jul 1, 2007 - Jun 30, 2012
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Blood Donation and HIV Prevention in China
    NIH R21MH073415Mar 15, 2005 - Feb 28, 2009
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Revitalising global social medicine. Lancet. 2021 08 14; 398(10300):573-574. Pentecost M, Adams V, Baru R, Caduff C, Greene JA, Hansen H, Jones DS, Kitanaka J, Ortega F. PMID: 34058131.
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    2. Climate disasters and global social medicine. Lancet. 2021 Aug 21; 398(10301):656-657. Adams V, Garcia S, Jones DS. PMID: 34058134.
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    3. It Takes More Than a Village: Building a Network of Safety in Nepal’s Mountain Communities. . 2021 Mar 23; 233-248. Adams AV, Craig CS, Samen SA, Bhatta BS. .
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    4. 13 Neoliberal Futures. . 2020 Dec 31; 288-306. Adams AV. .
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    5. Governing through Blood: Biology, Donation, and Exchange in Urban China. . 2020 Dec 31; 167-189. Adams AV, Erwin EK, Le LP. .
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    6. Medical Anthropology in the Time of COVID-19. Med Anthropol Q. 2020 Dec 01. Adams V, Nading A. PMID: 33289159.
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    7. Moral Orgasm and Productive Sex: Tantrism Faces Fertility Control in Lhasa, Tibet (China. . 2020 Nov 19; 207-240. adams av. .
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    8. Introduction. . 2020 Sep 25; 1-18. Adams AV. .
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    9. 1. METRICS OF THE GLOBAL SOVEREIGN. Numbers and Stories in Global Health. . 2020 Sep 25; 19-54. Adams AV. .
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    10. Epilogue: What Counts in Good Global Health?. . 2020 Sep 25; 225-230. Adams AV. .
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    11. 34. “Tibet on Fire”: Self-Immolation, Affect, and the Global “N of 1”. . 2019 Dec 31; 599-620. Adams AV. .
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    12. Re-imagining global health through social medicine. Glob Public Health. 2019 10; 14(10):1383-1400. Adams V, Behague D, Caduff C, Löwy I, Ortega F. PMID: 30887910.
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    13. Neoliberal Futures:. . 2019 Jan 1; 288-306. Adams AV. .
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    14. It Takes More than a Village: Building a Network of Safety in Nepal's Mountain Communities. Matern Child Health J. 2016 12; 20(12):2424-2430. Adams V, Craig S, Samen A, Bhatta S. PMID: 27048434.
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    15. What is critical global health?. Medicine Anthropology Theory | An open-access journal in the anthropology of health illness and medicine. 2016 Sep 13; 3(2):186. Adams AV. .
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    16. The work of evidence in critical global health. Medicine Anthropology Theory | An open-access journal in the anthropology of health illness and medicine. 2016 Sep 13; 3(2):123. Biehl BJ, Adams AV. .
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    17. Introduction: Ethnomedicine and medical anthropology today, in the case of Tibet. Medicine Anthropology Theory | An open-access journal in the anthropology of health illness and medicine. 2016 Sep 13; 3(2):11. Adams AV. .
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    18. Metrics of the Global Sovereign. . 2016 Mar 5; 19-54. Adams AV. .
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    19. Alternative accounting in maternal and infant global health. Glob Public Health. 2016 Mar; 11(3):276-294. Adams V, Craig SR, Samen A. PMID: 25782602.
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    20. Slow research: thoughts for a movement in global health. Med Anthropol. 2014; 33(3):179-97. Adams V, Burke NJ, Whitmarsh I. PMID: 24761973.
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    21. 2. Evidence-Based Global Public Health. . 2013 Dec 31; 54-90. Adams AV. .
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    22. A History of International Health Encounters: Diplomacy in Transition. . 2013 Aug 1; 3:41-63. Adams AV. .
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    23. Evidence, Ethos and Experiment: The Anthropology and History of Medical Research in Africa. P. Wenzel Geissler and Catherine Molyneux, eds. New York: Berghahn Books 2011; 498 pp. Medical Anthropology Quarterly. 2013 Jun 1; 27(2):b50-b52. Adams AV. .
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    24. Charity, Philanthrocapitalism, and the Affect Economy. . 2013 Jan 1; 153-175. Adams AV. .
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    25. The Making of a Disaster. . 2013 Jan 1; 22-54. Adams AV. .
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    26. The Other Road to Serfdom: Recovery by the Market and the Affect Economy in New Orleans. Public Culture. 2012 Jan 1; 24(1 (66)):185-216. Adams AV. .
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    27. Le « geste glorieux » du don de sang en unité de travail et les désirs postsocialistes en Chine urbaine. Les enjeux du don de sang dans le monde. 2012 Jan 1; 171. Erwin EK, Adams AV, Le LP. .
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    28. Ethnography and the making of modern health professionals. Cult Med Psychiatry. 2011 Jun; 35(2):313-20. Adams V, Kaufman SR. PMID: 21541822.
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    29. Aging disaster: mortality, vulnerability, and long-term recovery among Katrina survivors. Med Anthropol. 2011 May; 30(3):247-70. Adams V, Kaufman SR, van Hattum T, Moody S. PMID: 21590581.
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    30. "There is such a thing as too many daughters, but not too many sons": A qualitative study of son preference and fetal sex selection among Indian immigrants in the United States. Soc Sci Med. 2011 Apr; 72(7):1169-76. Puri S, Adams V, Ivey S, Nachtigall RD. PMID: 21377778.
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    31. Encounters with Efficacy. Asian Medicine. 2010 Jan 1; 6(1):1-21. Adams AV. .
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    32. Governing through Blood. . 2010 Jan 1; 167-189. Adams AV, Erwin EK, Le LP. .
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    33. Chronic disaster syndrome: Displacement, disaster capitalism, and the eviction of the poor from New Orleans. Am Ethnol. 2009 Nov 01; 36(4):615-636. Adams V, VAN Hattum T, English D. PMID: 20161644.
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    34. Anticipation: Technoscience, life, affect, temporality. Subjectivity. 2009 Sep 1; 28(1):246-265. Adams AV, Murphy MM, Clarke CA. .
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    35. Glorious Deeds: Work Unit Blood Donation and Postsocialist Desires in Urban China. Body & Society. 2009 Jun 1; 15(2):51-70. Erwin EK, Adams AV, Le LP. .
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    36. Public health works: blood donation in urban China. Soc Sci Med. 2009 Feb; 68(3):410-8. Adams V, Erwin K, Le PV. PMID: 19058887.
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    37. Global health diplomacy. Med Anthropol. 2008 Oct-Dec; 27(4):315-23. Adams V, Novotny TE, Leslie H. PMID: 18958783.
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    38. Global Pharma in the Land of Snows: Tibetan Medicines, SARS, and Identity Politics Across Nations. Asian Medicine. 2008 Jan 1; 4(1):1-28. Adams AV, Craig CS. .
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    39. Informed Consent in cross-cultural perspective: clinical research in the Tibetan Autonomous Region, PRC. Cult Med Psychiatry. 2007 Dec; 31(4):445-72. Adams V, Miller S, Craig S, Sonam , Nyima , Droyoung , Le PV, Varner M. PMID: 17968637.
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    40. How to make consent informed: possible lessons from Tibet. IRB. 2007 Nov-Dec; 29(6):7-14. Miller S, Le PV, Craig S, Adams V, Tudor C, Sonam , Nyima , Droyoung , Tshomo M, Lhakpen , Varner M. PMID: 18237079.
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    41. The Tibetans . Matthew T. Kapstein. The China Journal. 2007 Jul 1; 58:153-155. Adams AV. .
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    42. Integrating Abstraction: Modernising Medicine At Lhasa's Mentsikhang. . 2007 Jan 1; 29-44. Adams AV. .
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    43. Having a "safe delivery": conflicting views from Tibet. Health Care Women Int. 2005 Oct; 26(9):821-51. Adams V, Miller S, Chertow J, Craig S, Samen A, Varner M. PMID: 16214796.
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    44. The challenge of cross-cultural clinical trials research: case report from the Tibetan Autonomous Region, People's Republic of China. Med Anthropol Q. 2005 Sep; 19(3):267-89. Adams V, Miller S, Craig S, Samen A, Nyima , Sonam , Droyoung , Lhakpen , Varner M. PMID: 16222962.
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    45. The Creation of Normativities as a Biopolitical Project. . 2005 Apr 12; 159-161. Adams AV, Rivkin-Fish RM. .
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    46. Contestations of Liberal Humanism Forged in Sexual Identity Politics. . 2005 Apr 12; 241-243. Adams AV, Rivkin-Fish RM. .
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    47. The Production of New Subjectivities. . 2005 Apr 12; 67-69. Adams AV, Rivkin-Fish RM. .
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    48. Moral Orgasm and Productive Sex. . 2005 Jan 1; 207-239. Adams AV. .
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    49. Introduction. . 2005 Jan 1; 1-38. Pigg PS, Adams AV. .
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    50. Saving Tibet? An inquiry into modernity, lies, truths, and beliefs. Med Anthropol. 2005 Jan-Mar; 24(1):71-110. Adams V. PMID: 15823898.
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    51. Society for Cultural Anthropology. Anthropology News. 2003 Feb 1; 44(2):49-49. Urciuoli UB, Adams AV. .
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    52. Society for Medical Anthropology. Anthropology News. 2003 Jan 1; 44(1):52-53. Vuckovic VN, Taylor TJ, Adams AV. .
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    53. Randomized Controlled Crime. Social Studies of Science. 2002 Dec 1; 32(5-6):659-690. Adams AV. .
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    54. Randomized Controlled Crime: Postcolonial Sciences in Alternative Medicine Research. Social Studies of Science. 2002 Dec 1; 32(5):659-690. Adams AV. .
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    55. Ultrasonographic diagnosis of pelvic echinococcosis: case report and review of the literature. J Ultrasound Med. 2002 Feb; 21(2):207-10. Ranzini AC, Hale DC, Sonam , Phentok L, Adams V. PMID: 11833877.
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    56. Establishing proof. . 2002 Jan 1; 200-220. Adams AV. .
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    57. Social Suffering. American Anthropologist. 1998 Dec 1; 100(4):1063-1064. Adams AV. .
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    58. Tigers of the Snow and Other Virtual Sherpas: An Ethnography of Himalayan Encounters. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 1997 Jun 1; 3(2):403. Holmberg HD, Adams AV. .
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    59. Dreams of a Final Sherpa. American Anthropologist. 1997 Mar 1; 99(1):85-98. Adams AV. .
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    60. Karaoke as Modern Lhasa, Tibet: Western Encounters with Cultural Politics. Cultural Anthropology. 1996 Nov 1; 11(4):510-546. Adams AV. .
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    61. Moral Knowing in a Hindu Sacred City: An Exploration of Mind, Emotion, and Self. By Steven M. Parish. New York: Columbia University Press, 1994. xii, 342 pp. $49.50 (cloth); $17.50 (paper). - The Rulings of the Night: Ethnography of Nepalese Shaman Oral Texts. By Gregory G. Maskarinec. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1995. xi, 276 pp. $65.50 (cloth); $22.95 (paper). - The Householder's World: Purity, Power, and Dominance in a Nepali Village. By John N. Gray. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1995. xv, 302 pp. Rs 450 (cloth). The Journal of Asian Studies. 1996 May 1; 55(2):510-512. Adams AV. .
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    62. Claiming the High Ground: Sherpas, Subsistence, and Environmental Change in the Highest Himalaya. STANLEY F. STEVENS. American Ethnologist. 1996 Feb 1; 23(1):196-197. ADAMS AV. .
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    63. Tourism and Sherpas, Nepal Reconstruction of reciprocity. Annals of Tourism Research. 1992 Jan 1; 19(3):534-554. Adams AV. .
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    64. BOOK: Tigers of the Snow and Other Virtual Sherpas: An Ethnography of Himalayan Encounters Princeton University Press, 1996. .
    65. BOOK: Doctors for Democracy: Health Professionals in the Nepal Revolution Cambridge University Press (Series in Medical Anthropology), 1998. .
    66. BOOK: Sex and Development: Science, Sexuality and Morality in Global Perspective Durham: Duke University Press 2005. .
    67. BOOK: Medicine Between Science and Religion: Explorations on Tibetan Ground London: Berghahn Publishers 2010. .
    68. BOOK: Markets of Sorrow, Labors of Faith: New Orleans in the Wake of Katrina Duke University Press 2013. .
    69. BOOK: Metrics: What Counts in Global Health Duke University Press 2016.
    70. BOOK: What's Making Our Children Sick? How Industrial Food is causing an epidemic of chronic illness and what parents (and their doctors) can do about it. Vermont: Chelsea Green Publishers, 2018. .
    71. BOOK: (In Progress) Soft Tissue and the Arts of Speculation in the Era of GE Foods. .
    72. BOOK: (in Progress) Preoccupied: Life Under Surveillance in Tibet. .
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