New book Series at Vanderbilt University Press!

Policy to Practice: Ethnographic Perspectives on Global Health Systems

Edited by Emily Mendenhall, Svea Closser, Judith Justice, and Peter J. Brown

Policy to Practice: Ethnographic Perspectives on Global Health Systems is a book series that illustrates and provides critical perspectives on how global health policy becomes practice. We will prioritize books that: 1) take critical perspectives on health policy and systems; 2) provide fine-grained illustrations of how policy becomes practice; 3) employ ethnographic methods to understand the decisions and experiences of actors from policymakers to community members; and 4) showcase critical issues in global health, including issues of development, corruption, financing, and institutions.

The series is an opportunity for anthropologists to communicate with people in global public health policy, policymaking, and systems. Beyond anthropology, the series editors will actively recruit books from multiple disciplines, including sociology, history, political science, and critical public health.

The many moving parts in health systems—from logistics infrastructure to personnel management to financing—interact in complex ways. Policymakers, community health workers, and patients navigate these moving parts in ways that are strategic for their families and communities. But the ways in which people navigate the health system does not always align with national or global health goals. At the same time, national and global goals may not reflect the real needs of particular communities. Understanding the complex interactions of policy, ideology, and practice, and what fuels responsive health policy and systems at different levels, are therefore central themes of this series.


Series Editors

Emily Mendenhall, Associate Professor of Global Health in the Science, Technology, and International Affairs Program in the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, is the author of Syndemic Suffering: Social Distress, Depression, and Diabetes among Mexican Immigrant Women and co-editor of Global Mental Health: Anthropological Perspectives.

Svea Closser, Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Middlebury College, is the author of Chasing Polio in Pakistan (Vanderbilt, 2010). She and Peter Brown are co-editors of two classroom readers, Understanding and Applying Medical Anthropology and Foundations of Global Health: An Interdisciplinary Reader.

Judith Justice, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Medical Anthropology, UC San Francisco, is the author of Policies, Plans, and People: Foreign Aid and Health Development.

Peter J. Brown is Professor of Anthropology, Professor of Global Health, and senior academic advisor to the Global Health Institute at Emory University. He and Svea Closser are co-editors of two classroom readers, Understanding and Applying Medical Anthropology and Foundations of Global Health: An Interdisciplinary Reader.

Authors interested in submitting proposals for consideration should contact one of the following: