Scholarly Monographs

Rethinking Diabetes: Entanglements with Poverty, Trauma, and HIV. Cornell University Press (Forthcoming spring 2019)

Syndemic Suffering: Social Distress, Depression, and Diabetes among Mexican Immigrant Women. (2012) Routledge: New York, NY.


Edited Volumes

The Lancet Series on Syndemics (2017)

Global Mental Health: Anthropological Perspectives. Routledge: New York, NY. (with Brandon Kohrt, 2015). -Winner of the 2016 Creative Scholarship Award, Society for the study of Psychiatry and Culture


Journal Articles

Refereed                                                                                              *denotes my student

Mendenhall, Emily, *Rebecca Rinehart, Christine Musyimi, *Edna Bosire, Victoria Mutiso, and David Ndetei. “An Ethnopsychology of Idioms of Distress in Urban Kenya.” Transcultural Psychiatry, in press

*Bosire, Edna, Emily Mendenhall, Gregory Omondi, David Ndetei. “When Diabetes Confronts HIV: Biological Sub-Citizenship at a Public Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya.” Medical Anthropology Quarterly, epub Aug 16. doi: 10.1111/maq.12476.

Carruth, Lauren, and Emily Mendenhall. “Social Etiologies of Type 2 Diabetes: Crisis and Displacement.” BMJ 361:k1795.

Mendenhall, Emily. 2018. “The Georgetown Conference on Global Mental Health: Transdisciplinary Perspectives.” Global Public Health, 13(9):1145-1151.

Mendenhall, Emily, Gitonga Isaiah, *Bernadette Nelson, Abednego Musau, Adam D. Koon, Lahra Smith, Victoria Mutiso, David Ndetei. 2018. “Nurses’ Perceptions of mental healthcare in primary-care settings in Kenya.” Global Public Health, 13(4):442-455.

Mendenhall, Emily. 2017. “Syndemics: A New Path for Global Health Research.” The Lancet, 389: 391.

Mendenhall, Emily, Brandon Kohrt, Shane Norris, David Ndetei, and Dorairaj Prabhakaran. 2017. “Non-communicable Disease Syndemics: Poverty, Depression, and Diabetes among the Urban Poor.” The Lancet, 389: 952-963.

Tsai, Alexander, Emily Mendenhall, James Trostle, and Ichiro Kawachi. 2017. “Co-occurring       epidemics, syndemics, and population health.”  The Lancet, 978–82.

Singer, Merrill, Bayla Ostrach, and Nicola Bulled, and Emily Mendenhall. 2017. “Syndemics and a Biosocial Conception of Health.” The Lancet, 941–50.

*McMurry, H. Stowe, Roopa Shivashankar, Emily Mendenhall, and Dorairaj Prabhakaran. 2017. “Today’s risk factors, tomorrow’s disease; overweight and obesity insights from India’s

fourth National Family Health Survey.” Economic and Political Weekly (EPW), in press.

Koon, Adam, Lahra Smith, Victoria Mutiso, David Ndetei, and Emily Mendenhall. 2017. “Nurses’ perceptions of universal health coverage and its implications for the Kenyan health sector.” Critical Public Health, 27 (1), 28-38

Kohrt, Brandon A., Emily Mendenhall, and Peter J. Brown. 2016.“How Anthropological Theory and Methods Can Advance Global Mental Health.” Lancet Psychiatry, 3(May):396-397.

Panda, Rajmohan, Swati Srivastava, Divya Persai, Emily Mendenhall, Monika Arora, and Manu Raj Mathur. 2016. “System level approaches for mainstreaming tobacco control into existing health programs in India: Perspectives from the field.” Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care, 4(4):559-65.

Mendenhall, Emily, Kristin Yarris and Brandon Kohrt. 2016.“Utilization of standardized mental health assessments in anthropological research: possibilities and pitfalls.” Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry, 40(4):726-745.

Mendenhall, Emily, *H. Stowe McMurry, Roopa Shivashankar, K.M. Venkat Narayan, Nikhil Tandon, Dorairaj Prabhakaran. 2016. “Normalizing Diabetes in Delhi: A Qualitative Study of Health and Healthcare.” Anthropology and Medicine, epub June 21.

Mendenhall, Emily. 2016.“Beyond Co-Morbidity: A Critical Anthropological Perspective of Depression and Diabetes in Cross-Cultural Contexts.” Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 30(4):462-478. 

Mendenhall, Emily. 2015. “Syndemic Suffering in Soweto: Violence and Inequality at the Nexus of Health Transition in South Africa.” Annals of Anthropological Practice 38(2): 302-318.

Mendenhall, Emily, and Shane A. Norris. 2015. “Diabetes care among urban women in Soweto, South Africa: a qualitative study.” BMC Public Health, 15: 1300. (7 pages)

Mendenhall, Emily, Gregory Omondi, *Edna Bosire, Gitonga Isaiah, Abednego Musau, David Ndetei, Victoria Mutiso. 2015. “Stress, Diabetes, and Infection: Syndemic Suffering at an Urban Kenyan Hospital.” Social Science and Medicine, 146: 11-20.

Mendenhall, Emily, and Shane A. Norris. 2015. “When HIV is Ordinary, Diabetes New: Remaking Suffering in a South African Township.” Global Public Health, 10(4): 449-62

Mendenhall, Emily, Mary J. De Silva, Charlotte Hanlon, Inge Petersen, Rahul Shidhaye, Mark Jordans, Nagendra Luitel, Joshua Ssebunnya, Abebaw Fekadu, Vikram Patel, Mark Tomlinson, Crick Lund. 2014. “Acceptability and feasibility of using non-specialist health workers to deliver mental health care: stakeholder perceptions from the PRIME district sites in Ethiopia, India, Nepal, South Africa, and Uganda.” Social Science and Medicine 118: 33-42.

Mendenhall, Emily, and Lesley Jo Weaver. 2014. “Reorienting Women’s Health in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: The case of depression and type 2 diabetes.” Global Health Action 7: 22803 (5 pages).

#Weaver, Lesley Jo, and #Emily Mendenhall. 2014. “Applying Syndemics and Chronicity: Interpretations from Studies of Poverty, Depression, and Diabetes.” Medical Anthropology: Cross-Cultural Studies in Health and Illness 33(2): 1-17. #Authors contributed equally

Lara Muñoz, María del Carmen, Elizabeth A. Jacobs, Marco Antonio Escamilla, and Emily Mendenhall. 2014. “Do women with diabetes experience depression equally in urban centers in Mexico and the United States? A comparative study.” Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública/Pan American Journal of Public Health, 36(4):225-231.

Mendenhall, Emily, Shane A. Norris, Rahul Shidhaye, Dorairaj Prabhakaran. 2014. “Depression and Type 2 Diabetes in Low and Middle Income Countries: A Systematic Review.” Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice 103: 276–285.

Bearnot, Benjamin, Angela Coria, Brian S. Barnett, Eva H. Clark, Matt G. Gartland, Devan Jaganath, Emily Mendenhall, Lillian Seu, Ayaba G. Worjohoh, Catherine L. Carothers, Sten Vermund, Doug Heimburger. 2014. “Global Health Research in Narrative: A Qualitative Look at the FICRS-F Experience.” Am J Trop Med Hyg. Epub Sep 22. pii: 13-0481.

Ibanez-Gonzalez, Daniel, Emily Mendenhall, and Shane A. Norris. 2014. “A mixed methods exploration of patterns of healthcare utilization of urban women with non-communicable disease in South Africa.” BMC Health Services Research, 14:528.

Seligman, Rebecca, Emily Mendenhall, Maria Valvidonos, Alicia Fernandez, Elizabeth A. Jacobs. 2014. “Self-care and subjectivity among Mexican diabetes patients in the United States.” Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 29(1): 61-79.

Mendenhall, Emily, Linda Richter, Alan Stein, Shane Norris. 2013. “Psychological and Physical Co-Morbidity among Urban South African Women.” PLOS One 8(10): e78803.

Shidhaye, Rahul, Emily Mendenhall, Kathakie Sumathipala, Athula Sumathipala, Vikram Patel 2013. “Association of Somatoform Disorders with Anxiety and Depression in Women in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review.” International Review of Psychiatry 25(1): 65–76.

Mendenhall, Emily, Roopa Shivashankar, Nikhil Tandon, Mohammad K. Ali, K. M. Venkat Narayan, Dorairaj Prabhakaran. 2012. “Stress and Diabetes in Socioeconomic Context: A Qualitative Study of Urban Indians.” Social Science and Medicine 75: 2522-2529. 

Mendenhall, Emily, Gitanjali Narayanan and Dorairaj Prabhakaran. 2012. “Depression and Diabetes in India: Perspectives and Recommendations.” Diabetic Medicine 29(9):e308-11.

Mendenhall, Emily, and Elizabeth A. Jacobs. 2012. “Interpersonal Abuse and Depression among Mexican Immigrant Women with Type 2 Diabetes.” Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry 36(1): 136-153.

Mendenhall, Emily, Alicia Fernandez, Nancy Adler, and Elizabeth A. Jacobs. 2012.“Susto, Coraje, and Abuse: Depression and Beliefs about Diabetes.” Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry 36(3): 480-492.

Lynch, Elizabeth, Alicia Fernandez, Nicole Lighthouse, Emily Mendenhall, and Elizabeth Jacobs. 2012. “Concepts of diabetes self-management in Mexican American and African American low-income patients with diabetes.” Health Education Research 27(5): 814-24.

Jacobs, Elizabeth A., Emily Mendenhall, Ann S. McAlearney, Italia Rolle, Eric Whitaker, Richard Warnecke, Carol E. Ferrans. 2011. “An exploratory study of how trust in health care institutions varies across African American, Hispanic and white populations.” Communication and Medicine, 8(1):89-98.

Wagner, Julie, Chandra Osborn, Emily Mendenhall, Lisa Budris, Sophia Belay, Howard Tennen. 2011. “Beliefs about Racism and Health among African American Women with Diabetes: A Qualitative Study.” Journal of the National Medical Association, 103(3): 224–232.

Mendenhall, Emily, Rebecca Seligman, Alicia Fernandez, Elizabeth A. Jacobs. 2010. “Speaking through diabetes: Rethinking the significance of lay discourses on diabetes.” Medical Anthropology Quarterly 24(2): 220-239.

 Stephenson, Rob, Emily Mendenhall, L Muzizi, Bellington Vwalika, Elwyn Chomba, Yusuf Ahmed, L Clark, D Roth, J Telfair, A Haworth, Susan Allen. 2008. “The Influence of Motivational Messages on Future Planning Behaviors Among HIV Concordant Positive and Discordant Couples in Lusaka, Zambia.” AIDS Care 20(2): 150-160.

Mendenhall, Emily, L Muzizi, Rob Stephenson, Elwyn Chomba, Allen Haworth, Susan Allen. 2007.“Property Grabbing and Will Writing in Lusaka, Zambia: An Examination of Wills of HIV Infected Cohabiting Couples.” AIDS Care 19(3): 369-74.



Book Reviews

Mendenhall, Emily. 2017. “Our Most Troubling Madness: Case Studies in Schizophrenia Across Cultures, by T.M. Luhrman and Jocelyn Marrow.” American Ethnologist, 44 (4), 720-21.

Mendenhall, Emily. 2017. “Extraordinary Conditions: Culture and Experience in Mental Health, by Janis Jenkins.” Medical Anthropology Quarterly. Epub March 22.


Book Chapters in Edited Volumes

Mendenhall, Emily. 2016.“Syndemic Suffering: Rethinking Distress and Diabetes among Mexican Immigrant Women.” In Understanding and Applying Medical Anthropology. Eds, Peter. J. Brown and Svea Closser. Routledge.

Kohrt, Brandon, and Emily Mendenhall. 2015. “Introduction: Anthropological Perspectives in Global Mental Health.” In Global Mental Health: Anthropological Perspectives, Routledge

Kohrt, Brandon, Emily Mendenhall, and Peter J. Brown. 2015. “Historical Background: Medical Anthropology and Global Mental Health.” In Global Mental Health: Anthropological Perspectives. Routledge

Mendenhall, Emily, and Brandon Kohrt. 2015.“Anthropological Methods in Global Mental Health Research.” In Global Mental Health: Anthropological Perspectives, Routledge.

Mendenhall, Emily. 2015. “The “Cost” of Health Care: Poverty, Depression, and Diabetes among Mexican Immigrants in the United States.” In Global Mental Health: Anthropological Perspectives, Routledge.

Kohrt, Brandon, Emily Mendenhall, and Peter J. Brown. 2015. “Conclusion: A Roadmap for Anthropology and Global Mental Health.” In Global Mental Health: Anthropological Perspectives, Routledge.


Blog Posts

Mendenhall, Emily, and Peter J. Brown. 2016. “Global Health Education: When (and How) Global Health Issues Should Be Introduced to Youth.” Somatosphere, published online September 2.

Mendenhall, Emily. 2015. “Views on Bioculturalism.” Invited essay for series edited by Jeffrey Snodgrass for Somatosphere, published online August 10.

Mendenhall, Emily. 2015. “Creating Methods that Speak Across Disciplines in Medical Anthropology.” Invited Essay for Somatosphere, published online June 19.


Pedagogy: Global Health Narratives Book Series

Mendenhall, Emily, and Kathy Wollner. 2015. Community Health Narratives: A Reader. University of New Mexico Press: Albuquerque.

Mendenhall, Emily, and Adam Koon. 2012. Environmental Health Narratives: A Reader for Youth. University of New Mexico Press: Albuquerque.

Mendenhall, Emily. 2009. Global Health Narratives: A Reader for Youth. University of New Mexico Press: Albuquerque.