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I teach in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.  I am a Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor in the Science, Technology and International Affairs Program and serves as concentration Lead for Global Health. 

Now more than ever, science and technology are at the heart of international affairs. The Science, Technology and International Affairs (STIA) major equips students with the knowledge, skills and confidence to engage with the challenges and opportunities this presents. Students follow the regular SFS core curriculum, enroll in core science courses and develop an in depth understanding of one of our areas of concentration: Energy and Environment; Business, Growth and Development; Biotechnology and Health; or Science, Technology and Security. Pre-med and pre-engineering options are possible.

Courses:

STIA 301: Directed Reading in Medical Anthropology

STIA 305: Science and Technology in the Global Arena (teach five lectures in the course on global health)

STIA 325: STIA Research Foundations (Core Methods Course)

STIA 341: Global Health Politics and Policy

STIA 365: War, Violence, and Health

STIA 366: Global Health Through Film

STIA 421: Global Heatlh Foundations

STIA 423: Global Hunger

STIA 459: People, Plagues, and Technology (Senior Seminar)

STIA 498: STIA Honors Thesis Seminar

 

Past Mentees who conducted honors theses or research publications with Prof Mendenhall at Georgetown University include:

2014: Bernadette Nelson (SFS) - field work in Kenya

2015: H. Stowe McMurry (SFS) - fieldwork in India

2016: Hannah Gerdes (SFS) - fieldwork in South Africa; Rebecca Rinehart (College)

2017: Jacqueline Kimmell (SFS)

2018: Marina Smith (SFS), Arista Jhanjee (SFS), Katelyn Shahbazian (SFS) - fieldwork in South Africa

PhD Students

I work with PhD students at various institutions, including those at Georgetown in History (Dylan Proctor working on syndemics through history) and Government (Sara FIscher working on a critical ethnography of the Malawian Health System). I also mentor other informally, such as Andy Kim (Northwestern), who is passionate about complexities of epigenetics, systemic oppression, and resilience. My primary PhD mentorship is associated with my honorary faculty appointment at University of the Witwatersrand. I have worked with my PhD student, Edna Bosire, MA, in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand (co-supervised by Dr. Jane Goudge and Dr. Shane Norris). Currently she is the lead on-the-ground researcher in many of our partnered projects in Soweto. Edna's scholarship investigates various dimensions of syndemic interventions for diabetes and poverty, from policy-level interventions like taxation for sugar sweetened beverages and clinical-level interventions like integrated chronic care at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto. After working together in Nairobi, Kenya, Edna moved to Johannesburg to further her studies with me as her PhD supervisor. She continues to use anthropological theory and methods to understand critical public health problems.

Introducing Final Presentations for the Syndemics Centennial Lab

Introducing Final Presentations for the Syndemics Centennial Lab

With PhD candidate Edna Bosire at Wits; we’ve worked together since 2014, first in Kenya and now in South Africa.

With PhD candidate Edna Bosire at Wits; we’ve worked together since 2014, first in Kenya and now in South Africa.

Edna Bosire and Andy Kim, working hard with me to set up the “Soweto Syndemics” NIH Fogarty International Center Study in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Edna Bosire and Andy Kim, working hard with me to set up the “Soweto Syndemics” NIH Fogarty International Center Study in Johannesburg, South Africa.