Dr. Emily Mendenhall Lecture

Rethinking Diabetes: Considerations of Hunger, Trauma, Precarity, and Insulin

Dr. Emily Mendenhall, Ph.D., MPH

January 23, 2020

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Tinkham Veale University Center, Senior Classroom


Dr. Emily Mendenhall received the George Foster Award for Practicing Medical Anthropology by the Society for Medical Anthropology in 2017 for her ethnographic work on the intersection of social trauma, poverty and chronic disease globally. Her first book, Syndemic Suffering: Social Distress, Depression, and Diabetes Among Mexican Immigrant Women (2012, Routledge) explored the experiences of immigration and social isolation in Mexican women in Chicago. Her recent book, Rethinking Diabetes: Entanglements of Poverty, Trauma, and HIV (2019, Cornell University Press), expanded this work to examine the experiences of low-income people in Chicago, Delhi, Johannesburg and Nairobi.


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