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Embodiment, Health and Wellbeing

Embodiment, Health and Wellbeing

This cluster explores the sociocultural, biological, and political facets of embodied life through ethnographic and historical perspectives. 


We also examine how science, technology, media and medicine reconfigure ideas of health, illness and the body. Current research includes mental health, metabolic and infectious diseases, paleogenomics, the politics of global health, nutrition, ethics, inequalities, and the material body.


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Cal Biruk PhD

Associate Professor, Anthropology

(905) 525-9140 ext. 24664

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Dawn Martin-Hill PhD

Associate Professor, Anthropology

Associate Professor, Indigenous Studies

(905) 525-9140 ext. 27605

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Ellen Badone

Ellen Badone PhD

professor-emeritus, Anthropology

professor-emeritus, Religious Studies
member, Institute on Globalization & the Human Condition

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Hendrik Poinar

Hendrik Poinar PhD

Professor, Anthropology

(905) 525-9140 ext. 26331

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Megan Brickley PhD

graduate-chair, Anthropology

Professor, Anthropology

(905) 525-9140 ext. 24256

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Tina Moffat

Tina Moffat PhD

Associate Professor, Anthropology

(905) 525-9140 ext. 23906

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Tracy Prowse PhD

Associate Professor, Anthropology

Associate Professor, Anthropology

(905) 525-9140 ext. 26077

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1AB3: Race, Religion, and Violence
1AA3: Sex, Food and Death

2AN3: Food and Nutrition
2DO3: DNA Meets Anthropology
2EE3: Sport and/as Religion
2EO3: Intro to Biological Anthropology
2FF3: Skeletal Biology & Bioarchaeology
2HH3: Science, Technology, and Society
2RP3: Religion and Power in the Past
2UO3: Plagues and Peoples

3CAC: Ceramic Analysis
3CO3: Health and Environment
3FA3: Forensic Anthropology
3HI3: Anthropology of Health, Illness, and Healing
3LA3: Lithics Analysis
3PP3: Paleopathology

4CC3: Archaeology of Foodways
4DN3: Diet and Nutrition
4DO3: Zombies and the Undead
4GS3: Genetics and Society
4RO3: Advanced Skeletal Biology

704: Intro to Anthropology of Religion
709: Medical Anthropology
734: Indigenous Knowledge
740: Biocultural Synthesis
741: Metabolic Disease
746: Bioarchaeology
749: Gastronomic Heritage
796: Religion, Illness, and Healing

Research Clusters

While the department covers four main Research Programs (sub-fields) in Anthropology, we also integrate these Research Programs in six key areas of expertise and investigation: Art and New Materialisms; Ecologies, Resilience and Change; Embodiment, Health and Wellbeing; Foodways, Diet and Nutrition; Heritage, History and Memory; and Migrations, Displacements and Violence. 


Art and New Materialisms 

Ecologies, Resilience and Change 

Foodways, Diet and Nutrition 

Heritage, History and Memory 

Migrations, Displacements and Violence

Research Programs