Anthropology Department Directory


Carolyn Smith-Morris

Associate Professor

Ph.D. 2001 University of Arizona
Heroy Hall 415

  • Medical anthropology
  • Chronic disease, especially diabetes and diseases of development
  • Diagnosis
  • Native Americans
  • Mexican Migrants
  • U.S.
  • Mexico

Recent Happenings

Most recently, Dr. Smith-Morris has conducted an ethnographic study of adherence to treatment recommendations following diabetic retinopathy screening. In collaboration with EyePACS, a telemedicine platform for diabetic retinopathy screening and management, and Google, which is engaged in exploratory work to support telemedical and online health programs.

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Courses Taught

ANTH 2301 - Introductory Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 3301 - Health, Healing and Ethics: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Sickness and Society(co-listed with CFB 3301 and SOCI 3301)
ANTH 3306 - Introduction to Medical Anthropology
ANTH 3348 - Health as a Human Right (co-listed with CFB 3348 and HRTS 3348)
ANTH 3350 - Good Eats and Forbidden Flesh: Culture, Food and the Global Grocery Market (co-listed with CFA 3350)
ANTH 4303/6303 - Political Economy of Health
ANTH 4307/6307 - Global and Public Health
ANTH 4343/6343 - Biomedicine, Culture, and Power
ANTH 5335 - History of Anthropology, Part 2
ANTH 5336 - Health in Cross-Cultural Perspective
ANTH 6312 - Contemporary Theory in Anthropology
ANTH 6316 - Advanced Seminar in Ethnology I: Chronicity and the Anthropology of Illness
ANTH 6316 - Advanced Seminar in Ethnology I: Globalization and Health

Selected Publications

2017 Logsdon, Katie and Smith-Morris, Carolyn. "An Ethnography on Perceptions of Pain in Dutch 'Natural' Childbirth". Midwifery, 55: 67-74. 

2017 Smith-Morris, Carolyn. "Epidemiological placism in public health emergencies: Ebola in two Dallas neighborhoods". Social Science & Medicine 179: 106-114.

2016 Smith-Morris, Carolyn. "The Traditional Food of Migrants: Meat, Water, and Other Challenges for Dietary Advice. An Ethnography in Guanajuato, Mexico". Appetite105:430-438. 

2016 Smith-Morris, Carolyn. "When Numbers and Stories Collide: Randomized Controlled Trials and The Search for Ethnographic Fidelity in the Veterans Administration". For Vincanne Adams (Ed.) Metrics Volume Duke University Press, Global Health Series. Pp. 181-202.

2016 Quirk, Lisa and Carolyn Smith-Morris. "The Dallas Ebola Crisis Re-Examined: A Medical Anthropological Perspective". Home and Abroad, literary forum and student organization at the U. of Texas - Southwestern. Issue 2015-2016: 23.

2015 Smith-Morris, Carolyn (Ed.). Diagnostic Controversy: Cultural Perspectives on Competing Knowledge in Healthcare. New York, NY: Routledge Press.

2015 Husain, Saira and Carolyn Smith-Morris. "Diapers in War Zones: Ethnomedical Factors in Acute Childhood Gastroenteritis in Peshawar, Pakistan". PLoS One. Online March 13, 2015. [PDF]

2014 Choudhury, Devasmita, Gerald Casenave, Fabrice Jotterand, Carolyn Smith-Morris. "Independent Donor Ethical Assessment (IDEA): An Aim Towards Standardized Donor Advocacy". Progress in Transplantation 24(2): 163-168. [PDF]

2014 Smith-Morris, Carolyn, Gilberto Lopez, Lisa Ottomanelli, Lance Goetz, and Kim Dixon-Lawson. "Ethnography and Fidelity to Evidence-Based Medicine: Supplementing the Fidelity Process in a Clinical Trial of Supported Employment with Ethnographic Data". Medical Anthropology Quarterly 28(2): 141-161. [PDF]

2014 Smith-Morris, Carolyn and Jenny Epstein. "Beyond Cultural Competency: Skill, Reflexivity, and Structure in Successful Tribal Health Care". In Special Issue Cultural Capital and Health in Native American Communities, Jennie Joe and Robert Young (Eds.). American Indian Culture & Research Journal 38(1): 29-48. [PDF]