The Body Online is a medical anthropology lab, dedicated to social scientific study and public applications in health, medicine, technology, and the body. We provide opportunities for student training and research in the medical humanities, ethnography, digital storytelling, mixed methods, multimodal research, healthcare systems study, and culturally responsive design. Our interests and funded projects range from adolescent mental health and school based health, to cancer health communication, immigrant and refugee health, and end of life care.


Across projects, we are interested in the social and political life of medicine, including ideas about wellness, friendship, mutual concern, futurity, precarity, violence, biopolitics, and health. How do social ideologies and power affect how care is organized? How is care made possible--or not--in particular settings (clinics, social media, schools, national health systems)? What role do individuals play in the production or disruption of normative ideas about self, health, work, labor, rights, or wellness? What new epistemological or political possibilities emerge? Our lab is interested in the lived experience and social organization of diverse bodies, cultures, and identities in health and healthcare.


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