Drug Researcher Survey

Ingrid Walker of the University of Washington, Tacoma – in collaboration with the Network of Drug Researchers with Lived Experience (NDRLE, pronounced NERD-LE) and the NYU Urban Epidemiology Lab – is currently conducting research on the drug use experiences of drug researchers.

Ingrid and the team recently launched a survey to learn how drug use does or does not influence drug researchers’ work.  The survey takes less than 20 minutes, and will ask about your history of drug use and attitudes about drug use.  The survey information will remain confidential, though they will collect IP addresses for the purpose of internal validity.  They are interested in hearing from researchers who use drugs or do not use drugs.  They are conducting a global survey, so the survey is not limited to the U.S.  The survey, however, is only currently available in English.

The survey can be found at: http://bit.ly/NDRLE_7

They also ask that you recommend the survey to your colleagues and peers who are also drug researchers!

William J. Rorabaugh Book Prize

Announcing the William J. Rorabaugh Book Prize

The Alcohol and Drug History Society (ADHS) Executive Committee is thrilled to announce the establishment of the William J. Rorabaugh Book Prize!

A generous supporter of the ADHS and admirer of Bill Rorabaugh has offered to match contributions to the Rorabaugh Book Prize up to an amount of $10,000. This is a tremendous and exciting opportunity for ADHS members and all alcohol and drug historians to sustain this field-transforming, ADHS-associated book prize into the future. We warmly invite the ADHS membership, alongside Bill’s friends, colleagues and former students, to commemorate his life and work by donating to the Prize Fund in order to establish a much-needed $20,000 endowment for the prize by the March 2021 match deadline.

The Rorabaugh Book Prize commemorates the life of the late William (“Bill”) Rorabaugh (1945-2020), a pioneer in the social history of alcohol and a former president and tireless supporter of ADHS. After earning his Ph.D. in history from Stanford University, Bill went on to publish The Alcoholic Republic: An American Tradition (Oxford University Press, 1979)–a work so far ahead of its time that it is still used in college-level history courses today. As a member of the history department faculty of the University of Washington-Seattle, Bill made his mark on the field of U.S. history with seven monographs, numerous journal articles, and a textbook. He remained active in the alcohol and drugs history field through enthusiastic participation in the ADHS leadership and conferences, devoted mentorship of junior scholars, and his most recent work, Prohibition: A Concise History (Oxford University Press, 2018). Bill passed away on March 19, 2020.

The Rorabaugh Prize will be awarded annually to the author(s) of a first or second monograph in the English language in the history of alcohol and drug studies. Prizewinning books will exhibit the high standards of scholarship, superior quality, and distinguished contribution to the field that exemplified the work of Bill Rorabaugh. The Rorabaugh Prize shall be awarded without regard to citizenship, nationality, or any protected category. We encourage submissions from all scholars, independent and university-affiliated, without regard to academic rank. The inaugural prize will be awarded in conjunction with the next conference of the ADHS, currently scheduled for Summer, 2022 in Mexico City.

Contributions to the Rorabaugh Prize fund are tax-deductible and may be made at any point prior to February 28, 2021. Notifications of the tax-deductible contribution will be sent by the treasurer in early January to coincide with most country tax documents.

You may donate online or by check.

Online donations can be made via a PayPal link on the ADHS home page or directly by clinking this link.

If you prefer to pay by check, please make them out to The Alcohol and Drugs History Society. Checks should be sent to:

Dr. Robert Stephens
3861 Mountain Laurel RDG
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Thank you for your support and for your effort to build a suitable memorial to a very fine scholar and a very fine friend.

Predoctoral Fellowships – Behavioral Science Training in Drug Abuse Research


Behavioral Science Training in Drug Abuse Research

PURPOSE: This fellowship program supports behavioral scientists from all disciplines interested in learning about and developing careers in advanced research in the area of drug use and misuse.

RESEARCH AND TRAINING EXPERIENCE: Predoctoral Fellows will develop knowledge of and skills in drug abuse research through hands-on experience and formal training. Dissertations may be on any topic related to drug abuse or infectious diseases related to drug abuse. Opportunities exist for working with senior project directors on current research projects. Examples of on-going projects include studies related to drug abuse and crime, intravenous drug use, HIV/AIDS, prenatal and maternal drug use, treatment of mentally ill drug abusers, teen drug use and psychosocial health, and evaluations of several treatment programs. Numerous data sets are available in these and other areas of drug abuse for developing thesis topics. In addition, Fellows may be enrolled at universities in the NY metropolitan area to take advanced courses on drug abuse research, related substantive topics, and research methodologies as deemed necessary to round out their professional expertise.

BENEFITS: Fellows receive an annual stipend of $25,320, health insurance, tuition and fees and travel expense at the university where they are pursuing their degree. Predoctoral fellowships are awarded for a period of 12 months and are renewable for up to an additional 4 years.

SPONSOR: The BST program, NIDA’s largest and longest-standing behavioral sciences training program, is housed at The New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing and is affiliated with the NIDA-funded Center for Drug Use and HIV/HCV Research, one of the nation’s premiere research centers focused on substance use and infectious diseases.

APPLICATION: Candidates interested in writing a dissertation on some aspect of drug abuse and with a serious interest in a career in drug abuse research are encouraged to apply. Candidates who have completed their exams and are at the proposal writing or dissertation research stages are given preference. Minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply. U.S. citizenship or permanent resident (green card) status is required. Fellows must reside in the New York metropolitan area.

FOR MORE INFORMATION about the BST program and application instructions, see  wp.nyu.edu/bst.

CFP – Disability and Substance Use Disorders


Call for Papers – Special Supplement Issue of Disability and Health Journal

Disability and Substance Use Disorders

Guest Editors: Sharon Reif and Monika Mitra

Strikingly little is known about substance use disorders (SUD) among people with disabilities, even though people with disabilities are at increased risk for substance misuse and addiction. A better understanding of the complex relationship between disability and SUD is needed to inform the development of culturally relevant, accessible, and inclusive intervention efforts aimed at eliminating disparities in SUD prevalence among people with disabilities. Further, it is essential to assess and improve access, quality and outcomes of SUD treatment and other recovery support services for people with disabilities. To address these gaps in research, the Disability and Health Journal is planning an online-only special supplement issue dedicated to the intersection of disability and substance use disorders including opioids, alcohol, and other drugs.

We invite submission of original research papers for the special issue titled Disability and Substance Use Disorders. We seek papers that focus on both disability and SUD, that ideally move beyond documenting disability-related disparities in SUD. We encourage a focus on all types of disabilities. Papers using qualitative and quantitative methods are welcome, as well as rigorous systematic reviews. We also welcome a focus on populations outside of the United States.

Topics with a disability focus for this issue include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Opioid misuse, addiction and treatments, including medications
  • SUD treatment approaches and modifications
  • Recovery support services, including mutual help and peer support
  • Facilitators of and barriers to treatment and recovery support services
  • Access, quality and outcomes of SUD services
  • Recovery from addiction
  • Interventions to ameliorate stigma and disparities in SUD treatment
  • Impact on racial and ethnic minority populations, LGBTQIA, and other specific populations
  • Role of social determinants of health on disparities in SUD and SUD services
  • Impact of COVID-19
  • Policy impacts

Manuscripts must be submitted via DHJO’s submission portal and will be evaluated under DHJO’s peer review process; please note that there is no guarantee of acceptance. For information regarding article preparation, please reference DHJO’s Guide for Authors. For proper processing, be sure to select the Section/Category of “Special Supplement Issue: Disability and Substance Use Disorders” as well as include this as part of your Cover Letter.

Submission deadline: February 15, 2021

For questions, please contact Maddy Brown (mbrown14@brandeis.edu).


Postdoctoral Researcher in Indigenous Substance Use

Postdoctoral Researcher in Indigenous Substance Use

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher position at McGill University in Québec, Canada. The postdoctoral researcher will be jointly supervised by Dennis C. Wendt in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill University, as well as Roisin O’Connor in the Department of Psychology at Concordia University.

The initial appointment will be for one year but they anticipate the appointment may be renewed for a second year based on performance and interest.

Due to the pandemic, strong candidates will be considered even if they are unable to or prefer not to relocate to Montreal—residency in Canada is required, however. The position can begin immediately but they are flexible with the start date until around mid-January 2021.

Eligibility Criteria

  • A Ph.D. in psychology, public health, social work, sociology, or a related discipline
  • Strong preference for experience with community-based research and coordination with Indigenous communities
  • Statistical and/or qualitative research experience
  • Scientific writing skills and experience
  • Preference for experience with substance use prevention or treatment research
  • Excellent ability to communicate in English, both spoken and written, is essential. Knowledge of the following other languages is helpful but not expected: French, Mi’kmaq, Mohawk, and Inuktitut.
  • Individuals who self-identify as Indigenous (e.g., First Nations, Metis, Inuit, American Indian, Alaska Native) are strongly encouraged to apply. We encourage you to mention your Indigenous identity in your letter of interest.
  • Preference for Canadian citizens and permanent residents, as well as those who are already authorized to work in Canada for the duration of the position.
  • Must meet all eligibility criteria for a postdoctoral research position at McGill University: https://www.mcgill.ca/gps/postdocs/fellows/registration/eligibility

For details about the position: https://mcgill.wd3.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/McGill_Careers/job/Education-Building/Post-doctoral-Researcher–CIRC-Wendt-_JR0000004937-1

For instructions for applying through the McGill Workday portal: https://www.mcgill.ca/hr/files/hr/workday_guide_for_candidates_extenal_eng.pdf

REMINDER: ADTSG Open Business Meeting – 11/20

Please remember to join us for the Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco Study Group’s upcoming Business Meeting on Friday, November 20, 2:30pm – 3:30pm Eastern Standard Time!

To participate in the meeting, please send an email to adtstudygroup@gmail.com no later than Thursday, November 19, to receive the link for the Zoom meeting.   The meeting is open to all members.

We look forward to seeing you there!

SMA COVID-19 Emergency Grants

The Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA) is accepting applications for the COVID-19 Emergency Grant Program!

The purpose of the program is to assist SMA members whose work has been financially disrupted by the pandemic. These disruptions include, but are not limited to, major loss of income due to changes in teaching schedules, research support, training opportunities, contract work, and graduate funding.  The SMA has created a fund from which they will make one-time $500 emergency grants that can be used to offset loss of income due to the pandemic and mitigation measures.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be current SMA members who joined on or before February 15, 2020
  • Have experienced significant financial hardship due to COVID-19
  • Submit a complete application

The SMA COVID-19 Emergency Grant program has a rolling deadline; the application will remain open until all available funds have been expended.

Apply here: http://forms.americananthro.org/sma-covid-19-emergency-grants

ADTSG Open Business Meeting – 11/20


Please join us for the Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco Study Group’s upcoming Business Meeting on Friday, November 20, 2:30pm – 3:30pm Eastern Standard Time!

While the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting is cancelled this year, ADTSG will still meet via Zoom to discuss group business, including awards and activities.  The meeting is open to all members.

To participate in the meeting, please send an email to adtstudygroup@gmail.com no later than Thursday, November 19, to receive the link for the Zoom meeting.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Student Profile: Heather Henderson

Here is the latest installment of ADTSG’s student profiles feature!

These profiles are a way for the ADTSG membership to become acquainted with the next generation of anthropologists of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco.  In this vein, each profile will introduce one graduate or undergraduate student to the group by asking them a series of questions related to their background and career aspirations in this field.

In this installment, we are profiling Heather Henderson, a Ph.D. student from the University of South Florida.

Why did you choose to study anthropology?

I am not sure if I chose to study anthropology, so much as anthropology chose me. When I first started out, I did not know much about college — only that I loved literature and wanted to be a writer.  A professor at my community college scoffed at this goal, assuring me that writers made no money. Hadn’t I heard the phrase “starving artist”? I would be much better off if I switched to a STEM major so that I could “actually find a job.” So, the next week, I changed my major to environmental science. With this major, I was able to begin thinking about the world in a more scientific way, learn how to form hypotheses and conduct research, and understand the world around me. In the second year of my associate degree, I was fortunate enough to be selected to work with a Department of Energy laboratory one summer in Tennessee, as an intern on a climate change project. This was cutting edge research into understanding the global carbon and nitrogen cycle in relation to overall climate change — but as I sifted red clay soil for six weeks because roots responded better to sifted soil, I couldn’t help feeling like something was missing. The lab environment was fascinating for sure, but where was that human component? As it came time to begin the second half of my undergraduate degree, I felt adrift and unsure as the please select your major box stared at me from my application screen. On the list was anthropology. I remembered reading something earlier about forensic anthropology that seemed incredibly interesting, so I checked the box with the reasoning that I could always change my major if it was not a good fit. Here we are six years later, and I could not imagine another framework for my research and how I see the world. The work that I do now relies so heavily on culture and lived experiences, and I am certain that the reason the applications of my research have been so successful is due to its anthropological framing.  I arrived at medical anthropology in a rather circuitous route from environmental ethnobotany, but heroin research is a reasonable segue from botany, right? And it would appear that I was also able to become a writer too, after all.

Why are you interested in alcohol, drugs, and tobacco research?

I bring a great deal of lived experience with me to this research; every member of my immediate family has an active, ongoing substance use disorder (opioid use disorder, alcohol use disorder, and polysubstance, respectively). I have seen firsthand the complex interplay of poverty, criminality, and lack of access to basic needs and healthcare, and I believe this has given me a definitive edge. Not only in being able to emically connect with patients, but also by utilizing my academic and professional training to connect with providers and community leaders to bring together the village it requires to provide appropriate care for this and other marginalized patient populations.

And on a practical level, the ability to provide translation services between patients and providers to ensure access to care and a smooth emergency department encounter, when a patient sees a doctor who will not care for them and a doctor who sees a patient that is not having an emergency. Ultimately my goal is to develop a community of care, one that allows us to follow these patients through a system that is currently difficult to navigate, that ensures long term stability, care, and recovery in a way that is compassionate, empowering, and provides autonomy over the healthcare and recovery experience.

What are your research plans for studying alcohol, drugs, and tobacco?

My dissertation focuses on how medical anthropology can work in tandem with emergency medicine to co-create clinical treatment pathways in a hospital setting for socially complex disease states (with a focus on substance use disorders). These treatment pathways would function as a cultural bridge between patients who seek acute care for illness, and emergency medicine physicians (and others) who treat them but find no acute disease. My dissertation centers on one such pathway built in a level one trauma center for opioid use disorder, and the implementation of medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) in emergency rooms.

By having a treatment pathway and protocol that appear very clinical and direct, providers are able to feel comfortable addressing the complex social and structural facets of illness in addition to the biological implications of disease that comprised the bulk of their training. Further, these pathways also function as a stigma buster because it moves substance use disorders into the “legitimate” sphere with other chronic relapsing disorders treated in the emergency department (e.g. diabetes, hypertension, and asthma). By building out these culturally salient clinical tools, we are able to switch an encounter comprised of moral failing on the patient side, to business as usual on the provider side where the patient receives everything they need to stabilize and access both acute and downstream care.

What do you hope to do after you graduate?

I hope to continue my work in emergency medicine building out new pathways that address gaps in care for marginalized patient populations, along with my work in the community. We are hard at work to scale up our MOUD pathway into emergency departments across Florida. A next novel step now that COVID has illustrated that Telehealth really works, is starting a home induction pathway for patients that come in as an overdose and cannot receive MOUD in the emergency department. Telehealth would allow us to discharge them with a prescription and induce them virtually, bridging them to their treatment provider appointment in the community. Further, harm reduction is definitely one of my passions. We are excited to be launching a syringe service program very soon here in Tampa that will provide a broad array of services to keep people safe and healthy if/until they become ready for treatment.

If you are an anthropology student and would like to be profiled for the ADTSG website, please contact ADTSG’s Student Liaison, Breanne Casper, at casperb@mail.usf.edu for more information!

CFP – New Directions in Critical Drug Scholarship Inspired by David Moore

Call for Papers – Special Issue of Contemporary Drug Problems

Fault/Lines: New Directions in Critical Drug Scholarship Inspired by the Work of David Moore and Colleagues

Editors: Kate Seear and kylie valentine

In 2020, Professor David Moore stepped-down as Editor of the journal Contemporary Drug Problems. Throughout his career and then during his decade at the journal’s helm, David has helped oversee an explosion of more critically oriented drug scholarship, including work which challenges and destabilises taken-for-granted assumptions about the effects and putative harms of alcohol and other drugs. This work – often in collaboration with Professor Suzanne Fraser, amongst others – has helped open up new and pressing questions regarding how drugs are problematised; how the complexities of alcohol and other drug use can be attended to; how drug use might be understood as event, assemblage or phenomenon; and how drugs and their effects are constituted in various forms of practice. This work takes inspiration from numerous theoretical traditions, including feminist science and technology studies, new materialisms and post-humanism, and has brought the work of scholars such as John Law, Bruno Latour, Karen Barad and Isabelle Stengers into the drugs field. In this sense, David’s scholarship also emphasises the importance of introducing sociological, anthropological and related theories and perspectives to the drugs field, which tends to remain siloed from broader currents in social sciences.

Originally trained in anthropology, David has championed the value of ethnographic work on drugs, identifying the cultural logics of practices too often seen as ‘disordered’ or ‘chaotic’, while drawing attention to the unacknowledged assumptions and normative understandings that continue to shape research and policy in the area. He has developed these observations while covering a broad range of research areas, in terms of drugs (amphetamine-type substances including ecstasy, heroin, cannabis, alcohol, performance and image enhancing drugs), settings (youth, street-based, clubs and raves, social networks, policy, services and systems, treatment, outreach, supervised injecting facilities) and topics (injecting drug use, ‘addiction’/ ‘dependence’, overdose, sex work, hepatitis C, social theory, gender, stigma, drug markets, research funding, subcultures/scenes, identities).

Although David’s scholarship is extensive and varied, two ideas have been especially prominent and influential. The first is that although we attribute various social problems to drug use – including gendered forms of violence and other criminal behaviours – these effects are not as widespread, stable or clear-cut as we imagine. Thus, the second, related point, is that we need to rethink who and what is assigned responsibility or agency for these problems, and acknowledge that simplistic assumptions regarding fault can foreclose other ways of thinking and addressing social problems, such as violence against women. In this respect, David’s work problematises conceptualisations of ‘fault’, and the points of connection drawn between alcohol, other drugs and other social phenomena. It disrupts and challenges conventional fault/lines.

This special issue seeks to consolidate and expand critical drug scholarship of this kind, through further and more explicit engagement with the various fault/lines of contemporary drug policy, research, practice and law. We are seeking empirical and theoretical contributions which progress these ideas, including work which:

  • Identifies sites in which orthodox ways of thinking regarding drugs and drug effects remain persistent, and explores the reasons why, or how things might be otherwise;
  • Proposes radical new possibilities for rethinking causality, change, agency, responsibility or accountability within policy, law, research or practice, including through new methodologies and theoretical frameworks;
  • Examines what is at stake when fault/lines are produced and reproduced or disrupted, including through specific case studies where these lines have been challenged.

We welcome research from those working in all relevant fields, including anthropology, cultural studies, epidemiology, history, public policy, gender studies, sociology and law, and encourage the innovative use of methods, concepts and theoretical tools.

To be considered for this special issue, please send an abstract of 250-300 words to cdp@latrobe.edu.au by October 30, 2020. Abstracts will be reviewed by November 30, 2020. A limited number of contributors will then be invited to submit a full paper for the special issue. If selected for the special issue, contributors must submit their full paper for peer review by Friday, April 2, 2021.