Ginger Johnson

Research Affiliate




Educational Background

PhD 2013 University of South Florida



Research Interests

  • Medical Anthropology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Human Rights
  • Rapid Ethnographic Methods
  • Humanitarian Assistance
  • Applied Anthropology
  • Health & Disasters
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Child Health
  • North and South Asia
  • North, South, East and West Africa
  • MENA Region

Courses Taught

ANTH 2301 - Introductory Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 3348 - Health as a Human Right: Globalization, Health and Cross-Cultural Ethics


Ginger Johnson holds a PhD in Applied Medical Anthropology and a Masters in Global Public Health from the University of South Florida, and a Masters in International Law from the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute. Dr. Johnson was the principal researcher for UNICEF's award-winning work on preventable child death in Mongolia and Timor Leste. Most recently, she was embedded in West Africa, conducting research with the International Federation for the Red Cross on community perceptions of safe and dignified burials during the Ebola response, and with UNICEF on the role of community health workers. Over the past five years, she has conducted research with several human rights and health organizations in ten countries in East, West, and Southern Africa, three countries in North and Southeast Asia, and two countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

Selected Publications

Johnson, Ginger A. and Cecilia Vindrola-Padros (2017). 'Rapid qualitative research methods during complex health emergencies: A systematic review of the literature.' Social Science & Medicine, 189:63-75.

Vindrola-Padros, C, and Johnson, GA (2016). 'Children seeking health care: International perspectives on children's use of mobility to obtain health services/' In A. White, C. Ni Laoire, and T. Skelton (Eds.), Movement, Mobilities and Journeys, Geographies of Children and Young People Series. New York: Springer.

Johnson, Ginger and Juliet Bedford (2015). 'Evaluating the impact of safe and dignified burials for stopping Ebola transmission in West Africa: Findings from the anthropological study in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea'. International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Vindrola-Padros, C, Anne E. Pfister and Ginger A. Johnson (2015). The role of anthropology in improving services for children and families: An introduction. In C. Vindrola-Padros, AE Pfister and GA Johnson (Eds.), The role of anthropology in improving services for children and families. Annals of Anthropological Practice, 39(2): 89-95. Special Issue.

Vindrola-Padros, C, and Johnson, GA (2014). 'The narrated, the nonnarrated, and the disnarrated: Conceptual tools for analyzing narratives.' Qualitative Health Research, 24(1): 1603-1611.

Johnson, Ginger and Juliet Bedford (2014). 'Country-level experiences and good practices of UNICEF Communication 4 Development approaches associated with the introduction of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) and rotavirus vaccine (RV)'. United Nations Children's Fund.

Johnson, Ginger and Juliet Bedford (2014). 'Reducing preventable child deaths from pneumonia, diarrhoea and newborn complications in Mongolia and Timor-Leste'. United National Children's Fund

Johnson, GA (2013). "There is violence either way so let violence come with an education": Sudanese refugee women's use of education for an imagined peaceful future.' In L. Bartlett and A. Ghaffar-Kucher (Eds.), Lives in Motion: Migration and Education in Global Perspective. New York: Routledge.

Johnson, GA, Vindrola-Padros, C (2013). "It's for the best": Child movement in the search of health in Njabini, Kenya.' Children's Geographies, 12(2):219-231.

Johnson, Ginger A (2012). 'A child's right to participation: Photovoice as methodology for documenting the experiences of children living in Kenyan orphanages'. Visual Anthropology Review, 27(2):141-161.

Memberships and Affiliations

American Anthropological Association
Society for Applied Anthropology
Society for Medical Anthropology