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MAQ Modular Textbook

Message from incoming ADTSG Chair, Bree Casper:

The Society for Medical Anthropology’s (SMA) Special Interest Group leaders recently received an email from the SMA about creating a Modular textbook. I am reaching out to see if anyone would be interested in working on this together. I have shared the description below. Please email me directly if you would like to participate:

“For a couple years now, Eugene Raikhel and I have been talking about a sort of modular textbook or reader curated from MAQ archives. The idea is that we would create a flexible medical anthropology syllabus–15-20 topics with links to 3-4 related articles from the MAQ archives (or, really, anything from the anthrosource archives)–along with short introductions (~1500 words) to each of those curated topics written by the people who have put them together. These modules might also include recorded lectures and maybe podcasts of authors reading their articles–it could really be a multi-platform set of stuff to use in the classroom, and people could pick and choose from it as it fits their course design. The modules might also include sample assignments or exam prompts–basically everything someone might need to drop into a week or two in a course syllabus.”

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 them a series of questions related to their background and career aspirations in this field.

In this installment, we are profiling Megan Sarmento, a recent M.A. graduate from Georgia State University.

Why did you choose to study anthropology?

I always hoped that I could build towards a career that ameliorates social injustices. While I thought I might major in humanities and sociology during my first year of undergraduate school, my first course in anthropology introduced me to the academic and career path that I have since been passionately eager to pursue.  Anthropological theories intrigue me because they do not naively strive for complete objectivity when studying the complexity of human beings. Ethnographic and qualitative research methods equip sociocultural anthropologists with the tools to scientifically observe and analyze human behavior while remaining connected to humanity. As an applied medical anthropologist, I am now equipped to perform research that is applied to implement positive changes towards health and social equity.

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

Abstinence-based models of health care for people who use drugs (PWUD), in addition to strict criminalization of drug use, have kept PWUD in a marginalized position. Health care services for PWUD are inadequate due to this framework and the subsequent stigmatization that is perpetuated. As I was introduced to anthropological research on harm reduction principles and syringe services programs, I found that much work needs to be done in the U.S. to implement the findings of such work by making improvements to outdated laws and health care practices for PWUD.

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

My work advocates for the improvement of harm reduction services, and specifically syringe services programs (SSP), as they develop across the U.S. My expertise in ethnographic and qualitative research methods, grounded in anthropological praxis principles, will be used to evaluate these services and advocate for the advancement of health care as a human right despite social stigmas.

What do you hope to do after you graduate?

After taking a one-year sabbatical upon completion of my Master of Arts degree, I will begin my doctoral studies in August 2022 at the University of South Florida. As a PhD student in Medical Anthropology, I will evaluate the development of Tampa’s first SSP in collaboration with the Tampa General Hospital and other medical anthropology students.  My work will contribute to the development of this SSP throughout the greater Tampa Bay area and support the improvement of health care for PWUD throughout the U.S.

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 2021 SfAAs

We are a day away from the virtual 2021 Society for Applied Anthropology annual conference “in” Norfolk, Virginia!

There are several virtual panels, papers, posters, and events about alcohol, drugs, tobacco, and related topics!  Below is a list of presentations and activities that will be of interest to ADTSG members, many of which involve our members.  And don’t forget to come to the ADTSG Open Business Meeting on Friday, March 26, at 4:00pm via Zoom!  All are welcome!

Monday, March 22

10:45am – 11:45am (pre-recorded / on demand)

  • POSTER: Barriers to Follow Up Care for Women Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence and Opioid Misuse (Presenters: Emily Yourish and Penelope Morrison)

12:00pm – 1:45pm (pre-recorded / on demand)

  • PAPER (PR 22-6): Perceptions of Therapeutic Benefits Among Medical Marijuana Patients in Florida (Presenters: John Luque, Arinze Okere, Carlos Reyes-Ortiz, and Paula Williams)

6:00pm – 7:45pm (live / simulcast – Channel 4)

  • PANEL (22-24): Negotiating Culture in the Rural Opioid Crisis

Tuesday, March 23

10:00am – 11:45am (pre-recorded / on demand)

  • PAPER (PR 23-3): Harm Reduction and COVID-19: The Role of Anthropologists During the Post-Pandemic (Presenters: Shana Harris and Allison Schlosser)

12:00pm – 1:45pm (pre-recorded / on demand)

  • PAPER (PR 23-6): Reducing Commercial Tobacco Use in California Tribes Through Multilevel Interventions (Presenters: Roland Moore, Juliet P. Lee, Lisa Brucks, Daniel J. Calac, Gabrielle Seneres, and Pedro Tomas-Domingo)

2:00pm – 3:45pm (pre-recorded / on demand)

  • PANEL (PR 23-9): Ethnographic Research With Populations Who Use Drugs

Wednesday, March 24

2:00pm – 3:45pm (live / simulcast – Channel 3)

  • PAPER (24-13): Locally Responsive Assessment of Rapid Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) and Telemedicine Policy Change During COVID-19 (Presenters: Emery Eaves, David Mensah, Kate Compton-Gore, Bonnie Marquez, Julie A. Baldwin, Eck Doerry, and Robert T. Trotter II)

Thursday, March 25

10:00am – 11:45am (pre-recorded / on demand)

  • PAPER (PR 25-1): Circumstance vs. Choice: How Perceptions of Substance Misuse Risk Influences Self-Stigma (Presenter: Nicole Henderson)

Friday, March 26

4:00pm – 5:45pm (live / simulcast – Zoom)

  • ADTSG Open Business Meeting


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:

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

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 (


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:

For details about the position:–CIRC-Wendt-_JR0000004937-1

For instructions for applying through the McGill Workday portal:

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 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: