HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute


Apply to become a fellow of NIDA-funded HIV & Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute!

Attend two summer training institutes with fully funded travel and lodging between July 8-16, 2019 at Fordham University in New York City:

  • Receive a $20,000 grant to conduct a mentored research study that will contribute to evidence-based HIV & drug abuse research ethics practice
  • Join an international network of scholars examining current challenges in HIV & drug abuse research ethics

Fellows have published their mentored research studies in peer-reviewed journals, presented the data at national and international conferences, and incorporated it as pilot data for grant applications. To see fellows’ accomplishments, please visit:

Visit our website for the application form or contact Rimah Jaber at for more information. Applications are due March 15, 2019, subject to availability of funds. Applicants will be notified of award decisions by April 30, 2019.

CFP: Whiteness and Its Fractures in the Opioid “Crisis” (AAA 2019)

* Call for Papers *
AAA 2019 Annual Meeting
Vancouver, BC, CAN
November 20-24, 2019

Whiteness and Its Fractures in the Opioid “Crisis”

Allison Schlosser (Case Western Reserve University)
Emily Metzner (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)

Discussant: Helena Hansen (New York University)

Addiction and its treatment are now central concerns in the U.S. and increasingly worldwide due to the recent stark rise in opioid use and overdose death. Attention to opioid addiction, treatment, and overdose prevention has intensified with the emergence of new groups of relatively socially privileged drug users, with particular attention to White middle-class users in suburban communities. In the U.S., analysts have drawn on narratives of opioid addiction as a symptom of social suffering rooted in Post-Industrial economic dislocation among poor and working class Whites to frame the current political climate. Shifts in popular news, social media, and viral video have intensified the circulation of images and discourses on opioid use. The spectacles of suburban White prom queens in recovery, parents overdosing in cars with children present, and “mobile morgues” used to manage the overwhelming number of dead bodies rapidly circulate online. This social, political, and economic context has intensified the moral panic of what is now commonly referred to as the “opioid crisis,” and has troubled fundamental beliefs about “addiction” and “addicts,” but also about whiteness.

Anthropologists have long understood race as culturally constructed. In the last two decades, whiteness studies has emerged as a theoretical and methodological approach to examine whiteness as a discursively constructed social category and psycho-social experience performed in local historical, cultural, political-economic, and relational contexts. As opioid use and related death among broader socioeconomic swaths has intensified moral concern, scholars have analyzed the shifting meanings and consequences of whiteness in relation to the opioid “crisis” (cf. Hansen, 2017; Hansen & Skinner, 2012; Netherland & Hansen, 2016; Mendoza, et al., 2018). Yet, as these scholars emphasize, whiteness is not a monolithic social category but intersects with ethnicity, gender, and class, among other social identities. Additionally, whiteness takes shape in particular local contexts. These complexities render whiteness “fractured” (Levine-Rasky, 2016): rife with internal contradictions further strained by the racialized moral panic of the opioid “crisis.”

Brodkin (2001) calls for increased attention to the “variations, ambivalences, and contradictions within whiteness and alternatives to it” (p. 149). The papers in the panel respond to this challenge, leveraging ethnography to trace the fractures in whiteness in diverse local contexts.
Panelists examine shifting meanings of whiteness in relation to the rise of opioid use among Whites in particular cultural, geographic, and institutional contexts. We examine strategies that uphold and reproduce White privilege in the criminal justice system, healthcare, social services, and recovery communities. We draw particular attention to how whiteness emerges in local contexts of daily life: how it is performed, internalized, incorporated with intersecting social identities, contested, and transgressed. In doing so, we aim to contribute nuanced understandings of whiteness as ineluctably entwined with local contexts, intersecting social identities, intimate relationships, and the stakes of survival in everyday life. We propose that the current “opioid crisis” thus presents a unique opportunity to throw whiteness into “crisis.” By rendering whiteness and its fractures visible, we aim to interrupt it, and to imagine more just

Interested participants are invited to submit a proposed title and 250-word abstract to Allison Schlosser ( and Emily Metzner ( by March 11, 2019. Decisions on panel inclusion will be made by March 18, 2019.

References Cited

Brodkin, K. (2001). Comments on “Discourses of Whiteness.” Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, 11(1), 147-150.

Hansen, H. (2017). Assisted technologies of social reproduction: Pharmaceutical prosthesis for gender, race, and class in the White opioid “crisis.” Contemporary Drug Problems, 44(4), 321-338.

Hansen, H. & Skinner, M. (2012). From white bullet to black markets and greened medicine: The neuroeconomics and neuroracial politics of opioid pharmaceuticals. Annals of Anthropological Practice 36(1), 167-182.

Levine-Rasky (2016). Whiteness fractured. New York: Routledge.

Mendoza, S., Rivera, A., & Hansen, H. (2018). Re-racialization of addiction and the re-distribution of blame in the white opioid epidemic. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 00(0), 1-21.

Netherland, J. & Hansen, H. (2016). The war on drugs that wasn’t: Wasted whiteness, ‘dirty doctors,’ and race in media coverage of prescription opioid misuse. Culture, Medicine, & Psychiatry 40, 664-686.

Student Profile: Megan Sarmento

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 him or her a series of questions related to his/her background and career aspirations in this field.

In this installment, we are profiling Megan Sarmento, a recent B.A. graduate from the University of Central Florida.

Why did you choose to study anthropology?

I was sure that I wanted to study humans at the college level, but I only confidently knew that cultural anthropology was my field once I figured out how it differed from other studies like sociology, psychology, humanities, etc. I chose anthropology because it was the first research area that I felt paid enormous attention to the first-hand experiences and concerns of oppressed peoples. By using ethnographic methods, anthropologists attempt to break down barriers between “Other” cultures and make more connections. The prospect of changing powerful structures in Western society in order to better uphold global human rights is the ultimate reason why I found passion and hope in anthropology. I believe it can help me work to change the world for disadvantaged people who need help challenging deeply-rooted systemic problems.

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

The dominant abstinence-based approach to drugs and alcohol in the U.S. has resulted in an uninformed and unprepared society who now abuses harmful substances by the millions. Therefore, I passionately believe that research and education on alcohol, drugs, and tobacco is essential in order to prevent devastating harms such as addiction, overdose, incarceration, stigma, etc. Increased research in this field will lead to an increased awareness of potential harms and benefits of many drugs.

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

As I advance into graduate studies, I plan to continue examining drug policy reform and social activism as I did in my undergraduate honors research. I am also interested in working with refugees or other vulnerable populations in the urban U.S. who experience substance abuse, and understand their connection to health care access. Ultimately, I aim to combat harmful public policies and suggest opportunities for structural reform that will benefit the lives of those suffering the most.

What do you hope to do after you graduate?

Having just completed my BA, I now hope to attend a graduate program in anthropology next fall. I want to continue my education, gain teaching experience, conduct unique research, and eventually earn a doctorate to become a professor of anthropology.

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 for more information!

Drug Panels at 2018 AAA

We are quickly approaching the 2018 American Anthropological Association annual conference in San Jose, California!

Below is a list of panels, papers, roundtables, and events related to alcohol, drugs, and tobacco that will be of interest to ADTSG members.  Check out this jam-packed schedule!


12:00pm – 1:45pm (Hilton, San Carlos I)

  • Panel: Questioning Addiction and Contextualizing Treatment I

12:00pm – 1:45pm (Convention Center, LL 20 B)

  • Panel: Situating and Expanding Drugs’ Capacities: Panel I of III: Pharmakon, Toxicity, and Other Ambivalent Effects

12:15pm – 12:30pm (Hilton, Winchester)

  • Paper: Knowing (with) Medicine / Conociendo (con) Medicina (Presenter: Megan Raschig)

12:15pm – 12:30pm (Convention Center, Grand Ballroom A)

  • Paper: Imaginations of Democracy and War in the Mexican Nation (Presenter: Agnes Mondragon Celis Ochoa)

12:30pm – 12:45pm (Hilton, Almaden Ballroom I)

  • Paper: Colors of Elision: Parasites and Labor Stories from Tobacco Farms in Andhra Pradesh (Presenter: Amrita Kurian)

12:30pm – 12:45pm (Convention Center, Executive Ballroom 210 G)

  • Paper: Remaking (Il)licit Landscapes: Evading and Enacting “Care Through Regulation” in Peru’s War on Drugs (Presenter: Allison Kendra)

1:15pm-1:30pm (TBD)

  • Paper: Drug Court: Public Health and Law to Treat the U.S. “Drug Problem” (Presenter: Raha Peyravi)

2:15pm – 4:00pm (Convention Center, LL 21 A)

  • Panel: Drug Control Regimes in the Indigenous Americas (Part 1)

2:15pm – 4:00pm (Convention Center, Grand Ballroom A)

  • Panel: Ethnographic Inquiries About Drugs, Prescription, and Otherwise

2:15pm – 4:00pm (Hilton, San Carlos I)

  • Panel: Questioning Addiction and Contextualizing Treatment II

2:15pm – 4:00pm (Convention Center, LL 20 A)

  • Panel: Situating and Expanding Drugs’ Capacities: Panel II of III: Ontological and Epistemological Politics and Relations

2:45pm – 3:00pm (Convention Center, MR 211 A)

  • Paper: “I Can’t Say I’m a Recovering Addict. I am Recovered”: One Latina’s Testimony of Pentecostal Healing (Presenter: Michelle L. Ramirez)

4:30pm – 4:45pm (Convention Center, MR 211 A)

  • Paper: Reclaiming Agency Through Acudetox: A Study of Auricular Acupuncture Treatments for Substance Abuse Disorders in Grand Rapids, Michigan (Presenter: Sascha Goluboff)

4:30pm – 4:45pm (Convention Center, LL 21 C)

  • Paper: Making a Home When Homeless: Intimate Labor and Belonging among Drug Addicts in Post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan (Presenter: Grace Zhou)

4:30pm – 6:15pm (Convention Center, LL 21 A)

  • Panel: Drug Control Regimes in the Indigenous Americas (Part 2)

4:30pm – 6:15pm (Convention Center, LL 20 B)

  • Panel: Situating and Expanding Drugs’ Capacities: Panel III of III: Efforts to Stabilize Fluid, Multiple, and Unruly Effects


8:15am – 8:30am (Convention Center, MR 230 A)

  • Paper: The New Age of Psychedelics: How Might Carlos Castenada’s “The Teachings of Don Juan” Be Received Today? (Presenter: Patricia Kubala)

8:45am – 9:00am (Convention Center, MR 230 A)

  • Paper: Remodelling Psychosis with Psychedelic Science in the New “New Age” (Presenter: Tehseen Noorani)

10:30am – 10:45am (Convention Center, MR 211 A)

  • Paper: Taking Soda: Well-Being and Social Connection After Alcohol (Presenter: China Scherz)

11:15am – 11:30am (Convention Center, MR 212 D)

  • Paper: “Is There Rum in This Jamaican Black Rum Cake?”: How Drug Treatment Courts Reproduce the Authority of the Reasonable Man (Presenter: Emily Metzner)

2:00pm – 2:15pm (TBD)

  • Paper: Conducting Research in a Conflict Zone: Drug Wars and State Violence in Michoacán, México (Presenter: Mintzi Martinez-Rivera)

2:00pm – 3:45pm (Convention Center, Executive Ballroom 210 B)

  • Panel: Anthropological Interventions in the U.S. Opioid Crisis

5:00pm – 5:15pm (Convention Center, MR 230 B)

  • Paper: The Ethics of Prohibition: The Ban on Alcohol in a Chinese Muslim Town (Presenter: Ruslan Yusupov)


8:30am – 8:45am (Convention Center, MR 211 D)

  • Paper: Legal Vagaries, Moral Clarity, and the Remarkable Rise of Medical Cannabis (Presenter: Caroline Melly)

8:30am – 8:45am (TBD)

  • Paper: Engendering Recovery: Gender Segregation and Gender Specificity in Court-Mandated Drug Treatment Programs (Presenter: Nadja Eisenberg-Guyot)

8:30am – 8:45am (TBD)

  • Paper: “I’m in Rome, I’m Doing as Romans Do”: Urban Recovery as a Site of Post-colonial Organization and Discipline (Presenter: Tali Ziv)

10:30am – 10:45am (Fairmont, Glen Ellen)

  • Paper: Exurban Fortress: Housing Consumption, the War on Drugs, and the Management of Urban/Rural Divide (Presenter: Michael Polson)

2:00pm – 2:15pm (Hilton, Almaden Ballroom I)

  • Paper: Necrogeography and Frames of War: Opioid Overdose Death and the Politics of Exclusion in Washington, D.C. (Presenter: Andrea Lopez)

2:00pm – 3:45pm (TBD)

  • Panel: Reimagining Psychedelic Drugs as Medicines: Ethnography’s Role in Assessing Ritualized Psychoactive Therapies

2:00pm – 3:45pm (Convention Center, Grand Ballroom A)

  • Roundtable: Bending the ATOD Curve: Querying Collaborative Approaches in Multilevel Local/Global Substance Use Prevention/Cessation Efforts

2:15pm – 2:30pm (Hilton, Almaden Ballroom I)

  • Paper: Evidence-Based Intervention and the Protection of Life in a Broken Promiseland (Presenter: Danya Fast)

2:30pm – 2:45pm (Convention Center, MR 230 B)

  • Paper: From Temple to Clinic: Disordering of Thai Models of Rehabilitated Selves Within Methamphetamine Addiction (Presenter: Jason Chung)

4:15pm – 6:00pm (Convention Center, MR 212 B)

  • Panel: Reimagining the Anthropology of Drugs: Materiality, Medicine, and Neuroanthropology

4:15pm – 4:30pm (Convention Center, MR 230 C)

  • Paper: Anxious Affects and Paranoid Ethnography: Rumors of Violence in Reynosa’s Prostitution Zone During the Drug War (Presenter: Sarah Luna)

5:15pm – 5:30pm (Convention Center, LL 21 F)

  • Paper: Dreaming and Its Discontents: The Politics of Imagining Life After Drugs (Presenter: Nicholas Barlett)

5:30pm – 5:45pm (TBD)

  • Paper: On the Construction of a New Mexican Imaginary in Midst of Drug War Violence (Presenter: Brenda Garcia)


8:00am – 8:15am (Convention Center, MR 212 D)

  • Paper: Stemming the Stoner Stereotype: Post-Prohibition Representations of Cannabis Cultures in California (Presenter: Rachel Giraudo)

8:00am – 9:45am (Convention Center, MR 211 D)

  • Roundtable: Back to the Phuture: Assessing the Efficacy (and Critique) of Big Pharma in a Post-Blockbuster World

8:45am – 9:00am (TBD)

  • Paper: The Care in the Clean Needle: Syringe Exchange as a Practice of Resistance to Biomedical Governmentality in Honolulu (Presenter: Aashish Hemrajani)

10:30am – 10:45am (Convention Center, LL 20 A)

  • Paper: Ghost Plants: Coca at the Edges of Agricultural Reparations (Presenter: Sydney Silverstein)

12:00pm – 2:00pm (Convention Center, Concourse Lobby)

  • Gallery Session: Tobacco Cessation and Religious Practice – Indonesian Ramadhan and the “Great Smokeout” (Presenter: Rikhart Rupnik)

2:00pm – 2:15pm (TBD)

  • Paper: Sex, Drugs, and Biopolitical Ontologies: HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis and the Anti-Drug War in the Philippines (Presenter: Richard Karl Deang)

2:00pm – 3:45pm (Hilton, Santa Clara I)

  • Panel: Paradigmatic Narcotics: Rethinking Opioids and Epidemics

4:15pm – 4:30pm (Convention Center, Executive Ballroom 210 A)

  • Paper: The Obscured Ethics and Embodied Politics of Global Tobacco Capitalism (Presenter: Ben Merrill)

5:15pm – 5:30pm (Convention Center, Executive Ballroom 210 F)

  • Paper: Breaking Down Big Tobacco: Small Factories, Workers, and Philip Morris International in Indonesia (Presenter: Marina Welker)

7:45pm – 9:00pm (TBD)

  • Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco Open Business Meeting

CFP – Benevolence and Responsibility (SPA 2019)

Society for Psychological Anthropology 2019 Call for Papers

Benevolence and Responsibility: The Pastoral Paradox in Contemporary Institutions of Care

Organizer / Chair: Todd Ebling (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)

Discussant: Paul Brodwin (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)

In several lectures and essays, Foucault identified the “strangest” form of power in the Western world that he labelled “pastoral.” While anthropologists have found his idea useful in a variety of contexts, particularly in thinking about how the subjectivities of beneficiaries of care are fashioned by shepherding institutions (Fassin 2010; Garcia 2010), less explicit attention has been paid to a fundamental feature that Foucault called “the paradox of the shepherd,” i.e. that pastoral power is both individualizing and totalizing: as he put it, omnes et singulatim. This panel enquires into this paradox by exploring the ways contemporary institutions – both state and nonstate – individualize “the flock” through moral direction toward self-responsibility, self-sufficiency, and self-transformation, yet also totalize individuals through seemingly indiscriminate practices of benevolence, service, and care.

Vis-à-vis this theme, papers may engage but should not be limited to the following questions: How do therapeutic encounters produce both benevolence and responsibility and for whom? To what extent do discourses in psychiatry frame or produce moral selves as both passive recipients and responsible agents of care? In what instances and under what conditions do social workers provide services while placing responsibility on clients? How do humanitarian organizations choose to intervene and offer services yet demand responsibility of their program beneficiaries? How do neoliberal policies both support and undermine moral economies of care? Ultimately, we invite papers that focus on the individualizing and totalizing dimensions of contemporary pastoral institutions and encounters with the abnormal, the ill, the addicted, the client, and the confessor.

If you think you have a paper that would fit nicely with the session theme, please email an abstract to Todd Ebling at by November 19, 2018.

The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs

The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs: An Interdisciplinary Journal (SHAD) is a great journal that welcomes historically framed ethnographic and/or anthropological work on alcohol and drugs!   And SHAD has some exciting news: the editors of SHAD are pleased to announce that the journal has joined the publishing program of The University of Chicago Press. Building on 30 years of publication, we will release our first issue with the Press in 2019. The journal will be available both in print and online. For further information, please see:

The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs is dedicated to publishing high-quality original research, reflection essays, and reviews in the field of alcohol and drug history, broadly construed. Multidisciplinary and supported by top scholars in the field, SHAD is the only English-language academic journal devoted to this diverse topic.

The journal appears twice annually as an official publication of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society, which promotes scholarship on the history of alcohol and drug use, abuse, production, trade, and regulation across time and space. Scholars publishing with SHAD are invited to be featured on the Points blog, an online space for exchanging new ideas, insights, and speculations about our interdisciplinary and rapidly evolving field.

SHAD editors Nancy Campbell, David Herzberg, and Lucas Richert are absolutely thrilled with the journal’s new home, which will give its excellent scholarship the visibility and intellectual connections merited at a time of heightened and well-justified interest in the many worlds of drugs and alcohol. We are also delighted with our new cover design, featuring paintings by Jenny Kemp.

The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs will be represented at upcoming conferences, including those of the American Association for the History of Medicine, the American Historical Association, the American Sociological Association, and the History of Science Society, among others.

Graduate Student Paper Prize Winner: Sydney Silverstein

The Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco Study Group is happy to announce the winner of our 2018 Graduate Student Paper Prize: Sydney Silverstein!

Sydney is recent graduate of the Ph.D. program of the Department of Anthropology at Emory University.  Her award-winning paper, A Second Chance: Re-enactment, Excess Meaning, and the Social Worlds of PBC in Iquitos, examines how addicts at a drug treatment center in Peru construct their drug recovery narratives through a re-enactment film aimed at conveying their drug-using lives and decisions to seek recovery.

The ADTSG Graduate Student Paper Prize is an annual award that recognizes the best graduate student paper in the anthropology of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, pharmaceuticals, or other psychoactive substance use.  Please join us in congratulating Sydney on her excellent work and contribution to our field!

Graduate Student Travel Award Winner: Richard Karl Deang

The Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco Study Group is happy to announce the winner of our 2018 Graduate Student Travel Award: Richard Karl Deang!

Richard is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Virginia.  The paper he will be presenting at the AAAs, Sex, Drugs, and Biopolitical Ontologies: HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis and the Anti-Drug War in the Philippines, will examine how drugs, including HIV medication, categorize different subjects in terms of their capacity for self-government and their value to the national population.

The ADTSG Graduate Student Travel Award is an annual award that helps a graduate student attend the AAAs to present a paper that engages questions related to alcohol, drugs, tobacco, pharmaceuticals, or other psychoactive substance use.  Please join us in congratulating Richard on his excellent contribution to our field!