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LLC22: Health Humanities: Medicine, Disease, Disability, and Culture


This Working Group brings together scholars across the region who are exploring the intersections among health and culture through the lens of humanities and social science disciplines.

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Active since: 2019

  • Syracuse University
  • Cornell University

Collaborative Goals

Since the working group was established, we have sought to create stimulating conversations about a broad range of issues in the health humanities and to foster a sense of community among scholars across area institutions who share an interest in this area. In our inaugural year we provided space for conversations among our members about scholarship and teaching in the health humanities. More recently, we have sponsored events by speakers including Jennifer Reich, Alexis Shotwell, and Eli Clare, who demonstrated diverse ways in which humanistic inquiry offers a critical perspective on health.

Group Organizers

Andrew London

Professor of Sociology; Associate Dean for Research and Administration, Maxwell School, Syracuse University

Lois Agnew

Associate Dean of Curriculum Innovation and Pedagogy, Interim Chair of African American Studies Professor, Syracuse University

Stacey Langwick

Associate Professor of Anthropology, Cornell University

Group Members

  • Conerly Casey, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Dessa K. Bergen-Cico, Professor in the Department of Public Health, Coordinator of the Addiction Studies Program and Faculty in the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program, Syracuse University
  • Stephanie Brown Clark, Associate Professor of Medical Humanities (SMD), University of Rochester
  • Jessica Hayes-Conroy, Associate Professor of Women's Studies, Hobart and William Smith College
  • Luvenia Cowart, Professor of Practice, Falk College, Syracuse University
  • Beth Ferri, Associate Dean for Research; Professor, School of Education, Syracuse University
  • Jennifer Flad, Assistant Teaching Professor, Sociology, Syracuse University
  • Alan Foley, Associate Professor; Chair of Cultural Foundations of Education, Syracuse University
  • Michael Gill, Associate Professor, School of Education, Syracuse University
  • Samuel Gorovitz, Professor, Philosophy, Syracuse University
  • Matthew Grace, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Hamilton College
  • Lenny Grant, Assistant Professor, Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition, Syracuse University
  • Saida Hodzic, Associate Professor, Anthropology, Cornell University
  • Ignatius Ijere, Associate Teaching Professor, Falk College, Syracuse University
  • Jok Madut Jok,Professor, Anthropology Department; Research Director, International and Intra-State Conflict; Advisory Board Member, Maxwell African Scholars Union, Syracuse University
  • Krista Kennedy, Associate Professor, Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition, Syracuse University
  • Coran Klaver, Associate Professor and Department Chair, English, Syracuse University
  • Stephen Kuusisto, University Professor and Director of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach at the Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University
  • Scott Landes, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Sociology Department; Faculty Associate, Aging Studies Institute, Syracuse University
  • Alexander Erik Larsen, Assistant Professor of Clinical Health Humanities and Bioethics, Department of Health Humanities and Bioethics (SMD), University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Natalie LeBlanc, Assistant Professor, Harriet J. Kitzman Endowed Fellow in Health Disparities, and Affiliated Faculty, Qualitative & Mixed Methods Research Center, University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Mary Kate Lee, Syracuse University
  • Meika Loe, Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies, Colgate University
  • Ynesse Abdul-Malak, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Colgate University
  • Katie McDonald, Associate Dean of Research, Falk College; Professor of Public Health; Faculty Fellow, Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University
  • Michael Ennis-McMillan, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Skidmore College
  • Shannon Monnat, Professor, Sociology Department; Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion and Director, Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion; Co-Director, Policy, Place, and Population Health Lab; Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research; Research Affiliate, Aging Studies Institute, Syracuse University
  • Jennifer Karas Montez, University Professor, Sociology Department; Gerald B. Cramer Faculty Scholar in Aging Studies; Director, Center for Aging and Policy Studies; Co-Director of the Policy, Place, and Population Health Lab Faculty Associate, Aging Studies Institute; Research Affiliate, Center for Policy Research, Syracuse University
  • Lutchmie Narine, Professor, Public Health, Falk College, Syracuse University
  • Hille Paakkunainen,Associate Professor and Graduate Director, Philosophy, Syracuse University
  • Lucinda E.G. Ramberg, Associate Professor, Anthropology, Cornell University
  • Robert Rubinstein, Distinguished Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Anthropology Department; Professor, International Relations; Senior Research Associate, Campbell Public Affairs Institute; Senior Research Associate, Middle Eastern Studies Program; Senior Research Associate, Center for Qualitative and Multi-Method Inquiry, Syracuse University
  • Rachael A. Zubal-Ruggieri, Administrative Assistant, Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach at Burton Blatt Institute (BBI), Syracuse University
  • Stephanie Shirilan, Associate Professor of English, Syracuse University
  • Danielle Smith, Professor, African American Studies; Director, Renée Crown University Honors Program, Syracuse University
  • Junko Takeda, Professor, History Department; Daicoff Faculty Scholar, Syracuse University
  • Farha Ternikar, Associate Professor, Sociology, Le Moyne College
  • Maureen Thompson, Associate Professor; Undergraduate Director, Public Health, Falk College, Syracuse University
  • Sue Wadley, Professor Emeritus, Anthropology Department, Syracuse University
  • Janet Wilmoth, Professor and Chair, Sociology Department; Director, Aging Studies Institute; Research Affiliate, Autonomous Systems Policy Institute, Syracuse University
  • Tracy Worrell, School Director, School of Communication, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Steven Alvarado, Notre Dame University
  • Sarah Berry, Visiting Assistant Professor, SUNY Oswego University
  • Amy Braksmajer, Assistant Professor of Sociology, SUNY-Geneseo
  • Amy Caruso Brown, Interim Chair of Bioethics and Humanities and an Associate Professor of Bioethics and Humanities and of Pediatrics, SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Nienke Dosa, Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Director of Spina Bifida Clinic, SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Rebecca Garden, Associate Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine and Executive Director, Consortium for Culture and Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Cara Howe, Assistant Director, Archives & Special Collections, SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Jesse Miller, Clinical Assistant Professor, Organization and Human Resources Department, University at Buffalo
  • Genevieve Garcia de Mueller, Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric and WAC Specialist/Coordinator, Syracuse University
  • Kriota Willberg, Graphic Artist

Group Outcomes

Both events featuring Eli Clare as Distinguished Visiting Collaborator were well-received and provided opportunities for some additional outreach to scholars interested in this area. Efforts to expand our network will be a central focus for the next year.