SMU Faculty Experts

Carolyn Smith-Morris

Professor of Anthropology

Dr. Smith-Morris is a medical anthropologist and professor at Southern Methodist University. She received her B.A. in anthropology from Emory University, an M.S. in rehabilitation services from Florida State University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. (2001) in anthropology from the University of Arizona. Her research documents the experience of chronic disease, particularly diabetes, among Indigenous and Mexican im/migrant communities and contributes to theories of chronicity and decolonization of healthcare. Her books include two monographs (Diabetes Among the Pima by U. Arizona Press, and Indigenous Communalism by Rutgers U. Press), two edited volumes (Chronic Conditions, Fluid States with Lenore Manderson, Rutgers U. Press; and Diagnostic Controversy by Routledge Press). She is also a contributing researcher and author with Cultural Survival in support of Indigenous rights. (more information at:

She is a dynamic and passionate speaker on several topics: health, healthcare, and ethics; Indigenous Peoples in global context; and the distinctive perspective and contributions of Anthropology.

Can Discuss:

  • global health
  • health ethics
  • chronic diseases
  • diabetes
  • health care barriers

Recent news articles:

    What to Know: Exploring Our Post-pandemic Future (UT Southwestern)

    Medical Anthropologist Joins Next Medical Matters Weekly (Southwestern Vermont Health Care)


    Carolyn Smith-Morris in the News

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