Dr. Brown’s research has focused on parasitic diseases, particularly malaria, and in one disease of civilization – obesity. He is also interested in gender and health, with a particular interest in the generally unmarked category of male gender. He has worked on the Human Relations Area Files cross-cultural database on suicide and suicide prevention and has been involved in team research projects within communities including an ethnographic and ethnological study of an Alzheimer’s special care unit and a hospital-based study of explanatory models of tuberculosis. His current research lies in questions surrounding inequality and health.
Dr. Brown is editor-in-chief of Medical Anthropology, editor of Applying Anthropology and the Journal of Medical Anthropology, chair of the Emory College Curriculum Committee, and a member of the American Anthropological Association Commission on Long-range Planning.
- a rich problem and the Dalai Lama
- current state of Africa
- Inspiration, Eat the Rich, the G8, Bill Fagey
- Money is not the answer, Doctors without Borders, Wal-mart
- Needing to be aware, The Daily Show, Human Obligation
- Rwanda, genocide, Geneva, and the Millennium Development Goals
- the poverty trap and Bill Gates
- the role of anthropology in economic development