Anthropology Department Directory


Carolyn Smith-Morris

Associate Professor and Director of Health and Society Program

Ph.D. 2001 University of Arizona
Heroy Hall 415

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

Recent Happenings

Dr. Smith-Morris recently received an NSF-Rapid Grant for an ethnographic investigation into stigma surrounding the recent Ebola cases in Dallas. Titled "Cultural Patterns in Crisis-Induced Stigma: Ebola in Two Dallas Neighborhoods", this NSF award funds immediate and rapid research to collect ephemeral data associated with the Fall cases of Ebola in Vickery Meadow and M Streets neighborhoods of Dallas. The study includes a survey of media coverage and portrayals, on which Dr. Faith Nibbs is collaborating as Co-PI.

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

Selected Publications

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]

2013 Smith-Morris, Carolyn, Gilberto Lopez, Lisa Ottomanelli, and Lance Goetz. "Continuity and Change After Spinal Cord Injury: Yesterdays, Work, and Veterans' Narratives of Physicality". In Framing Disability and Quality of Life: A Global Perspective, Narelle Warren and Lenore Manderson (Eds.) Springer Publishing, Pp. 145-162. [PDF]

2012 Smith-Morris, Carolyn, Daisy Morales-Campos, Edith Alejandra Castaneda Alvarez, and Matthew Turner. "An Anthropology of Familismo: On Narratives and Description of Mexican/Immigrants". Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences 35(1): 33-58. [PDF]

2010 Smith-Morris, Carolyn and Lenore Manderson. "The Baggage of Health Travelers", Medical Anthropology 29(4): 331-335. [PDF]

2010 Manderson, Lenore and Carolyn Smith-Morris (Eds.). Chronic Conditions, Fluid States: Chronicity and the Anthropology of Illness. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

2010 Smith-Morris, Carolyn. "The Chronicity of Life, The Acuteness of Diagnosis". In Chronic Conditions, Fluid States. Lenore Manderson and Carolyn Smith-Morris (Eds.). New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. Pp. 21-37.

2008 Smith-Morris, Carolyn. "Social Capital in a Mexican American Community in Dallas, Texas". Urban Anthropology 36(4): 1-32.