Nancy Burke, PhD

Phone: 415-514-9419
Fax: 415-502-3179


Dr. Nancy J. Burke is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine and the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. She has conducted research in Cuba and the U.S. on social and cultural processes associated with chronic disease management and cancer prevention, treatment and survivorship. Her research program addresses therapeutic subjectivity, bioethics, technologies of cancer care, and social inequality. Over the last eight years she has worked in partnership with the Pilipino Senior Resource Center on studies of Filipina breast cancer support disparities and peer navigation. She is currently principal investigator of a study of information disparities and cancer clinical trial recruitment in safety net hospitals.

Dr. Burke serves as Director of the UCSF Global Health Sciences Health Diplomacy and Medical Education in Cuba Program ( and is an active member of the UC-Cuba Academic Initiative Advisory Board ( She is also a member of the National Institutes of Health Expert Panel on “Operationalizing Culture in Health Disparities Research.” Dr. Burke received her PhD from the Department of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. Prior to coming to UCSF she worked as an ethnographer in the Seattle-based Refugee and Immigrant Health Promotion Project, a collaboration between Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center, the University of Washington, and Harborview Medical Center.

Current projects include:

Communicating about Clinical Trials: Bringing the CIS to the Underserved
Education and Access to Cancer Clinical Trials among Underserved Women
Buong Puso: Linking Filipinas with Breast Cancer to Care and Support Resources


Anthropologies of Cancer in Transnational Worlds (Edited with Holly Matthews and Eirini Kapriani) Routledge Press, Forthcoming

Health Travels: Cuban Health(care) on and off the Island (Ed). Forthcoming, UC Medical Humanities Press

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Last modified: September 16, 2015