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Student Profile: Karlie Tessmer

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 Karlie Tessmer, a M.A. student at Simon Fraser University.

Why did you choose to study anthropology?

I chose to study anthropology because of the methods that are employed by anthropology. I am particularly drawn to ethnography and the ability to provide voice to those who are often unheard, misjudged, and silenced. Ethnography allows researchers to provide an accessible outlet for our interlocutors to share their stories while also giving space for the larger contexts and social situations our participants face. Anthropology as a discipline enables me to learn about the interconnections between people and how those people function within a given community.

How does your work overlap with alcohol, drugs, and tobacco research? 

Currently my research examines what “support” means in supportive housing in 2nd stage transitional housing in the lower mainland of Vancouver. My work overlaps with alcohol, drugs, and tobacco as my research site is a harm reduction building, and many of the women I work with either have or had issues with substance use. While my work does not specifically focus on how alcohol, drugs, and tobacco impact the women, these substances play an important role in the overall lived experiences of my interlocutors. In addition, their substance use or recovery of substance use informs what types of support they might need and/or expect to receive as they move through the housing continuum.

What do you hope to do after you graduate?

Following my graduate program, I hope to gain employment as a social planner with the City of Vancouver. I am particularly interested in working in areas such as housing/homelessness, family programming, and harm reduction.

How do you foresee harm reduction informing your future work?

I see harm reduction being a core element in my future work as a social planner, especially because I am focused on Vancouver’s housing crisis. In the lower mainland of Vancouver, a disproportionate number of people who are either houseless or underhoused also suffer from substance use issues. Harm reduction – particularly in relation to Housing First approaches – will be an important component to working with this population if my work is to have any meaningful impact. I hope to carry forward my learnings of harm reduction as a way to advocate for Housing First approaches rather than the Continuum of Care, which is Vancouver’s current housing model. 

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

UCSF Postdoctoral Fellowship – Opioid Industry Documents Research and Community Data Engagement

The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) is looking for a Postdoctoral Fellow (1 year duration, with potential for renewal for up to 3 years) to assist with research development and community engagement within the recently launched University of California-Johns Hopkins University (UCSF-JHU) Opioid Industry Documents Archive. Fellowships typically start July 1, 2023 but dates are flexible.

The UCSF-JHU Opioid Industry Documents Archive (OIDA), established in Spring 2021, is a digital collection of publicly disclosed opioid litigation materials. The Archive contains emails, memos, presentations, sales reports, training materials, budgets, audit reports, meeting agendas and minutes, expert witness reports, and depositions of pharmaceutical industry executives. The Archive provides a freely accessible digital resource for use by researchers, journalists, policymakers, and the public. The Archive provides an unparalleled opportunity to investigate scientific, legal, regulatory, and marketing questions, and apply computational as well as other diverse analytic methods, to generate fundamental new knowledge about the origins of the epidemic, and to inform changes to policies and practice to prevent future harms.

The UCSF OIDA Postdoctoral Fellow will pursue original, publishable research using materials housed in OIDA and work closely with the archive research team to enhance the accessibility and usability of archival materials for a diverse array of communities, with a particular focus on racial and health equity. The fellows will take a leadership role in developing an effective organizational structure of the large volume of diverse materials housed in OIDA to facilitate a wide range of multi-disciplinary research endeavors. Fellows will work on a multidisciplinary team including faculty, other postdoctoral fellows and research assistants. Fellows will be mentored by and work closely with researchers and information specialists leading this work at UCSF. Fellows will be based at the UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education and participate fully in the fellowship program. Fellows will also be affiliated with the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the UCSF School of Medicine.

Qualifications

Fellows should be well-versed in the history and social context of the ongoing harms associated with opioids —which has become known as the “opioid overdose epidemic” in the US, and/or be knowledgeable about research in related areas, such as the history, regulation, and impact of the pharmaceutical, tobacco, or food industries; agnotology; and the commercial determinants of health. We especially welcome applicants with training in social inequities, racism, perspectives on intersecting identities and society, and political economy. Scholars with relevant prior publications and/or dissertation research are encouraged to apply. Fellows should also be familiar with methods in digital and computational humanities, and means of using digital platforms to build research communities and enhance dissemination and engagement. Fellows should be innovative scholars with excellent research, communication, and organizational skills; be comfortable working on multiple projects in a dynamic research setting; and, have interest in helping work with many parties to build an important and accessible field of research.

Applicants with doctoral degrees in areas such as anthropology, sociology, history, history of medicine, information studies, political science, public health, health policy, nursing, American studies, and related fields with experience or interest in the digital humanities are eligible to apply. Dual degree trained scholars and health care providers, and interdisciplinary scholars are welcome.

Application Instructions

Fellowship application: https://tobacco.ucsf.edu/application-process

Questions about this position can be addressed to Kathleen Franklin, kathleen.franklin@ucsf.edu.

New SIG: Health Professions Education Special Interest Group

The Executive Board of the Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA) approved the proposal for the Health Professions Education Special Interest Group. (SMA HPE SIG) on November 11!    

A formal organization within the AAA and SMA is a positive step in guiding and supporting the value of anthropology in medical education. To be inclusive, people from all countries of the world are welcome to join: students, health practitioners, university professors, and those interested in influencing health professions with anthropology perspectives, methods, and information. Members do not need to be a member of the AAA or SMA. 

If you haven’t already joined, you are invited to become a member in support of the SIG’s mission:  “To support anthropologists in making a positive and lasting impact on medical and health professions education by creating an organizational space that nurture’s healthy professional identity, promoting lifelong career advancement, and serve as a representative voice for anthropology among the health professions and the public.”  

Goals 

1. Create a professional organizational space for anthropologists and those interested in medical and health professions education to continue their affiliation with the discipline of anthropology. 

2. Enhance education and training for the teaching of anthropological perspectives to medical and health professionals on the continuum from undergraduate education to professional development.  

3. Share resources on related education research, training, career opportunities, and policy matters.  

4. Affiliate with organizations to collaborate on mutual topics and priorities. 

5. Provide direction and guidance for representatives of anthropology in professional health organizations, accrediting bodies, etc.  

6. Maintain a recognized professional organizational voice on educational and public policy issues.  

7. Advocate the presence of anthropological perspectives on professional school entrance examinations, certifications, and licensing examinations. 

8. Formalize the representation of anthropologists on medical and health professional boards, committees, and special initiatives at the local, state, national, and international levels. 

9. Recommend curriculum for anthropology graduate programs training students for careers in medicine and the health professions. 

10. Promote the representation of anthropologists on accreditation bodies to legitimize the employment of anthropologists in medical and health professions teaching roles. 

To join the SMA Health Professions SIG sign-up using this Google form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdcPVhtCIwz_sjKXsP6uBajFIo8IDHSQG0XQzhCTzjoudl2Ww/viewform

Within two months of SMA approval, 140 individuals signed-up from a wide array of countries and health professions willing to make this a vibrant and productive Interest Group. 

The SIG is now beginning to build the organizational foundation in guiding and supporting the value of anthropology in the health professions.  To facilitate their dialogs, a listserv is now active, and additional communications media are being initiated. And, if you complete the sign-up form above, you will be invited to join the HPE listserv. 

Ph.D. Research Fellowship – VID Specialized University, Oslo, Norway

Announcing an amazing opportunity for a 3-year vacancy as a Ph.D. Research Fellow! This is part of the project “Human Rights in Opioid Substitution Treatment” at VID Specialized University in Oslo, Norway, with funding provided by the Foundation Dam. The Fellow will be included in the research group Human Rights and Social Harms (HUMANHARM).

Required qualifications and skills:

1. Master’s degree in anthropology, law, sociology of law, social work or another relevant discipline

2. The grade on the master’s thesis and the weighted average grade for the master’s degree must normally both amount to at least a B in order to be considered

3. Experience with qualitative methods, preferably semi-structured interviews and/or textual analysis

4. Excellent written and oral presentation skills in English and a basic knowledge Norwegian (Scandinavian) is needed to undertake data collection

5. Ability to work purposefully and independently

Application deadline: 21 January 2023            

Start date: 1 June 2023 or by specific agreement

Applicants who would like more information about the position can contact Dr. Aleksandra Bartoszko by email: aleksandra.bartoszko@vid.no.

For more information and to apply for the position: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/237010/phd-research-fellow-in-human-rights-in-opioid-substitution-treatment

ADTSG Business Meeting Summary

Thank you to all ADTSG members who attended our annual business meeting this year at the AAA conference in Seattle. For those of you who couldn’t attend here is a brief summary of what was discussed at the meeting:

1. Awards: In the future, we will be working to advertise our awards more broadly, as we have noticed that we have had fewer and fewer submissions over the past couple of years. We are also considering raising the award amount from $100 to $150 and awarding our student and contingent faculty awards on alternating years. This will mean that we can give out more money and potentially increase interest in the awards with each award cycle.

2. Public Scholarship: Our members and our board are considering ways that ADTSG can produce more public scholarship. We are hoping that we may be able to submit pieces to the SMA’s publication Second Opinion, Anthropology News, or The Conversation sometime in the next year.

3. Writing and Reading Groups: We had quite a few members express interest in participating in writing or reading groups. We will reach out in the new year to members to discuss what we want these groups to look like (i.e., how often we will meet, group expectations, lists of readings). If you are interested in joining either of these groups, please email Breanne Casper at casperb@usf.edu.

Spring Workshop: We will be exploring the idea of putting together some type of workshop in the spring for ADTSG members and SMA members more broadly. At the business meeting we discussed potentially having a sort of workshop or mini-conference day on psychedelics. If you have other thoughts or input, please feel free to reach out.

Thank you again to all who were at the meeting, and we’re sorry to have missed anyone that was unable to make it. For any questions or suggestions please reach out to Breanne Casper at casperb@usf.edu. Please also do not forget to submit your students for the ADTSG Student Spotlight!

Panels of Interest – AAA 2022

We are less than one week away from the 2022 American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington!

There are several panels that may be of particular interest to ADTSG members, many of which involve our members!  And don’t forget to come to the ADTSG Business Meeting on Thursday, November 10, at 12:15pm – 1:45pm at the Seattle Convention Center 304.  All are welcome!

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9

2:15pm – 4:00pm (SCC 304)

Triggers, Trauma, and Treatment: Unsettling Landscapes of Care

Participants: Daniel Lende, Rebecca Lester, William Lucas, Ellen Kozelka, Michael Oldani

4:30pm – 6:15pm (Virtual Room 4)

The Price of Diagnosis: Negotiating Value in Social Psychiatry

Participants: Selim Gokce Atici, Junko Kitanaka, Stefan Ecks, Zhiying Ma, Eugene Raikhel, Tanya Marie Luhrmann, Yuto Kano, Ramsey Ismail

4:30pm – 6:15pm (SCC 204)

What’s Next?: Researching And Representing The Unravelling of Everything

Participants: Danya Fast, Arianna Injeian, Daniel Manson, Eileen Moyer

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10

10:15am – 12:00pm (SCC 4C-3)

The Traffic of Trauma: Critical Engagements with Harris Solomon’s Lifelines

Participants: Angela Garcia, Tanya Marie Luhrmann, Sameena Mulla, Rashmi Sadana, Dwaipayan Banerjee, Omar Dewachi, Harris Solomon

6:30pm – 8:15pm (SCC 613/614)

Prep in Practice: Unsettling Landscapes of HIV Prevention

Participants: Bradley Stoner, Shanti Parikh, Marlon Bailey, Matthew Thomann, Tankut Atuk, Julien Brisson, Daryl Mangosing

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11

8:00am – 9:45am (SCC 607)

Women and Drug Use in a Cross-Cultural Perspective

Participants: Shana Harris, Jennifer Syvertsen, Emery Eaves, Mãdãlina Alamã, Tiffany Alvarez, Sugandh Gupta, Casey Roulette, Drake Rinks

2:00pm – 3:45pm (SCC 204)

The Para-Professionalization of Lived Experience: Peer Support in Public and Private Mental Health

Participants: Neely Myers, Gerpha Gerlin, Lauren Cubellis, Ippolytos Kalofonos, Luke Kernan, Melinda Gonzalez, Erica Fletcher

5:00pm – 6:45pm (SCC 3B)

Health Institutions, Governance, and Regulation

Participants: Johanna Crane, M. Cameron Hay, Kaelin Rapport

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12

8:00am – 9:45am (SCC 611)

Therapeutic Landscapes: The (Un)Making of Clinical and Healing Spaces (Part One)

Participants: Jessica Reid, William Robertson, Steph Jacobs, Joyce Lu, Mac Skelton, Caroline Hodge, K. Eliza Williamson

8:00am – 9:45am (SCC 3B)

Culture and Power in Prescribing and Medicating

Participants: Lee Brando, Naomi Zucker, Rogelio Scott Insua, Malia Piazza

10:15am – 12:00pm (SCC 3B)

Therapeutic Landscapes: The (Un)Making of Clinical and Healing Spaces (Part Two)

Participants: Jessica Reid, William Robertson, Ramsha Usman, Megan Raschig, Ray Qu, Barclay Bram, Sophea Seng, Emilia Guevara

4:15pm – 6:00pm (SCC 607)

Chemical Aesthetics

Participants: Alison Feser, Richard del Rio, Ella Butler, Nicholas Shapiro

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13

8:00am – 9:45am (SCC 615)

Doing (In)Formal Business: Exchanges Between Business Anthropology and Anthropological Criminology

Participants: Trine Mygind Korsby, Simon Lex, Henrik Vigh, Timothy de Waal Malefyt, Anja Simonsen, Camilla Ida Ravnbøl

10:15am – 12:00pm (SCC 211)

Unsettling the Health and Safety Landscapes of Crisis Responses Programs in the U.S.

Participants: Jennifer Carroll, Mark Fleming, Joseph Richardson, Neely Myers, Katherine Beckett

12:15pm – 1:45pm (SCC 615)

Unsettling Pretexts of Protection: Paternalism, Depoliticization, and Oppression in the Name of Care

Participants: Gerardo Rodriguez Solis, Caitlin Fouratt, Margaret Wehrer, Marta Zavaleta

ADTSG Business Meeting – AAA 2022

Coming to the 2022 American Anthropological Association conference in Seattle? Join us at the Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco Study Group Business Meeting!

The meeting will be on Thursday, November 10, from 12:15pm-1:45pm in SCC 304 at the Washington State Convention Center. The meeting is open to all!

Looking forward to seeing everyone next week in Seattle!

Student Profile: Yewande O. Addie

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 Yewande O. Addie, a recent graduate of the Ph.D. program at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications and a current health communications fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Population Health.

Why did you choose to use anthropological theory and methods in your research?

Because of the type of research I’m interested in, I actually took an interdisciplinary approach to my methods and theory. My dissertation study is anchored by framing theory and Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions. Although framing theory is a foundational sociological theory, it is pretty commonly used in communication research to explore how subject matters are discussed in media. Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions is a cross-cultural communications framework designed to help people understand and examine national values, cultures and behaviors. 

Regarding my methods, I made the choice to center Nigerian media as the primary source for my dissertation research, and I had the luxury of being able to conduct my analysis in Nigeria with the support of a U.S. Fulbright grant. I feel fortunate that I was able to more closely experience the culture and people of Nigeria in an ethnographic capacity. Spending eight months researching, teaching, and writing in Nigeria really enriched my findings and expanded my scholarly perspective. To anyone seriously considering an international education experience, I’d highly recommend it. 

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

Well they say research is actually “me-search.” A lot of times our research is an extension of our life experiences and observations. My father was a smoker and passed away from small cell lung cancer. My grandfather was a smoker and a drinker that died from a related pulmonary disease. One of my elder brothers had an accidental opioid overdose. Two of my favorite artists, Prince and Michael K. Williams, both died after consuming opioids laced with an even stronger synthetic opioid, fentanyl.  In hindsight, I don’t think I was super intentional about explicitly wanting to do substance use research. But in some ways I can’t help but think of my work as a tribute to the loved ones I’ve lost, who struggled with addictions to drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. 

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

I’d like to continue doing related interdisciplinary research that draws connections between culture, health, and substance use among other health inequities. I also want the research I do to inform policies that help reduce and prevent substance misuse/abuse. 

Where do you hope to take your career following your dissertation defense?

Prior to finishing my doctoral program, I studied and earned degrees in journalism, history, and public health, so I consider myself a very interdisciplinary communication scholar. In the field of journalism, journalists use storytelling as a way of reporting information to the public. History is all about telling stories as a way of remembering the past. And storytelling is an essential function for public health practitioners that collect and develop health narratives. My hope is that I can continue building a career that affords me the opportunity to strategically use storytelling and narratives in my research and as a modality for healing and social change.

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

Reminder: ADTSG Awards

Don’t forget that the ADTSG Awards applications are due on August 15!! This year we are giving out three awards: Graduate Student Travel Award, Graduate Student Paper Prize, and Contingent Faculty Travel Award.

For more information about the awards:

We look forward to your submissions!

Student Profile: Jorge Mancillas

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 Jorge Mancillas, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Why did you choose to use anthropological theory and methods in your research?

The anthropological approach of ethnography was the best way to descriptively and theoretically broach topics that involve communities and individuals I’ve been close to most of my life. I turned to the anthropological literature to negotiate with the “insider/outsider” dilemma, how one’s positionality as an ethnographer as an “insider” or “outsider—or a combination of both—affects the research process. In social science the research process is ostensibly unbiased and apolitical, but the research question is not, so that is why I chose to follow methodological principles from anthropologists such as Diego Vigil, Nancy Scheper-Hughes, and Philippe Bourgois among many others who study urban violence, substance use, incarceration, and so on, and address their positionality in relation to the participants and community they’re studying and the impact of their research.

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

Right now, my research is focused on trauma in relation to gangs, and alcohol, drugs and tobacco are part of their larger obdurate context—there is a liquor store on almost every corner of the neighborhoods where there are gangs. The research on alcohol, drugs, and tobacco shows that substance use disorders disproportionately affect low-income communities of color, so I’m interested in building on existing research to study the ways in which alcohol, drugs, and tobacco are used as a form of self-medication amongst gang members to cope with traumatic loss.

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

Rehabilitation programs are not as accessible as alcohol, drugs, and tobacco are in low-income communities of color, so my future research plans are to foreground this disparity and advocate for policy that is constructive rather than criminalizing. Policy has more often criminalized addiction and catalyzed cycles of incarceration that ultimately decimated the communities that the policies purport to support. This is most obvious if one looks at the legacy of the “war on drugs”. Any future research I plan to do must, therefore, include the historical impact of the criminalization of addiction and substance use disorders in order to influence policy that is beneficial for the communities that are most affected.

What do you hope to do following your dissertation defense?

Sleep. Following that, I hope to stay in academia and do work that allows me to shape public policy discourse on the issues I care about.

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