Vincanne Adams

Phone: 415-502-6483
Fax: 415-476-6715
vincanne.adams@ucsf.edu

 

Dr. Adams is Professor of Medical Anthropology.  She graduated from the UC Berkeley/UCSF Program in Medical Anthropology in 1989. She taught at Princeton University from 1992 until 2000, where she received tenure as Associate Professor.  After coming to UCSF in 2000, Dr. Adams ran the UCSF division of the joint (with UC Berkeley) graduate program in Medical Anthropology until 2012 and served as interim chair in 2012. She is currently vice-chair of the department.  She teaches core theory courses on the history and development of medical anthropology, reproductive health and development studies, social studies of science, technology and medicine, and ethnographic field methods. Her research interests (described fully below) include the social conditions and epistemological framings of science, medicine, politics and culture, and she has worked in Nepal, Tibet, China and the US.

Curriculum Vitae  Adams short cv 2016

Research Interests

Food Health and Integrative Medicine, Postcolonial Science, Global Health, Disaster Recovery, Asian Medical Systems and Globalization, Tibet, Nepal, China, US

Books in Progress

TOXIC CHILDREN   

Agrochemicals Companies are Poisoning our Kids; Let’s Reinvent Medicine To Deal With It  

(co-author: Michelle Perro, MD)

This book explores the clinical, scientific and political terrain that has helped enable massive pesticide exposure and chronic health debility in children in the US.  Ecomedicine is proposed as an alternative model that confronts the massive environmental decline associated with industrialized food production and its impacts on gut health.  Ecomedicine proposes sustainable, healthy efforts to promote food as medicine; healing children by healing our food systems.

PREOCCUPIED  

Writing In-The-Gap About Tibet 

This project completes a three decades-long ethnographic engagement with Tibetans. It explores the limits to writing about Tibetans in relation to conditions of rapid and contested modernity.

Books Published

METRICS  

What Counts in Global Health (2106, Editor, Duke)

Reviews and Praise for Metrics

MARKETS OF SORROW, LABORS OF FAITH  

New Orleans in the Wake of Katrina (2013,Duke)  

Reviews and Praise for Markets of Sorrow

MEDICINE BETWEEN SCIENCE AND RELIGION  

Explorations on Tibetan Grounds (2010, with Schrempf and Craig, Berghahn)

Reviews and Praise for Medicine Between Science and Religion

SEX AND DEVELOPMENT

Science, Sexuality and Morality in Global Perspective (2005, with Pigg, Duke)

Reviews and Praise for Sex and Development

DOCTORS FOR DEMOCRACY

Health Professionals in the Nepal Revolution, 1990 (1998,Cambridge) 

Reviews and Praise for Doctors for Democracy

TIGERS OF THE SNOW AND OTHER VIRTUAL SHERPAS

An Ethnography of Himalayan Encounters (1996, Princeton)  

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Recent Article Publications

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Last modified: September 13, 2016