Amy Moran-Thomas


Amy Moran-Thomas is a cultural anthropologist, interested in the human and material entanglements that shape global health and medicine in practice. She received her PhD in Anthropology from Princeton University in 2012, and held postdoctoral fellowships at Princeton and Brown University before coming to MIT. Focusing on metabolic and parasitic disorders, her research bridges the anthropology of health and environment (chronic disease; ecological and agricultural change; metabolism and nutrition) with ethnographic studies of science and technology (medical devices; global health chemicals; epigenetic debates; online health communities; technology and kinship). Professor Moran-Thomas has conducted fieldwork and archival research in Belize, Ghana, Brazil and the U.S, supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation, Mellon-American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the Woodrow Wilson Society of Fellows, the Rachel Carson Center, the West African Research Association, and the American Philosophical Society. Her forthcoming book project, blending ethnographic stories and science writing with anthropological and historical analyses, offers a humanistic account of the global diabetes epidemic.