Associate professor of anthropology Donald Pollock

Donald Pollock

Associate Professor
Interim Department Chair
Office: 362 MFAC
Phone Number: (716) 645-3080
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M.A. University of Chicago

Research Interests

Current research interests fall into two broad topics: the culture of contemporary medicine (including the social history of physician autobiography, the culture of tertiary care medicine, and health disparities); and traditional healing, shamanism, and personhood in Amazonian communities.

Courses Offered

Undergraduate Courses
APY 106 | Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
APY 267 | Introduction to Ethnomedicine
APY 320 | Cognitive Anthropology
APY 382 | Indians of South America
APY 476 | Health Care in the U.S.

Graduate Courses
APY 654 | Graduate Survey Social Anthropology

Selected Publications

“Peccaries and the Dialectics of Desire Among the Kulina” Submitted to History and Anthropology. (May 2015)

“Ethnoscience and Medical Anthropology” UNESCO ELOSS. (in press)

“Shamanism” Oxford Bibliographies. Oxford University Press. (in press)

“Drugged Subjectivity, Intoxicating Alterity” Anthropology of Consciousness. (in press)

“Death and Derbies” Saturday Review of Literature January 18, 2014. (pp.25-26).

“Palimpsests and Princes” in Robert Katz and Andrew Solberg (eds) The Wrong Passage. New York: BSI. 2012 (pp. 183-190).

Commentary on Fernando Santos Granero “Hybrid Bodyscapes: A Visual History of Yenesha Patterns of Cultural Change.” Current Anthropology 50(4): 500-501. 2009.

“Community Engagement and Science: Prospects and Provocations” Medical Anthropology Quarterly 23(2): 119-121. 2009.

"Siblings and Sorcerers: Shamanism and the Paradox of Kinship among the Kulina" Neil Whitehead and Robin Wright (eds) In Darkness and Secrecy: The Anthropology of Assault Sorcery and Witchcraft in Amazonia Duke University Press. pp. 202-213. 2004.

"Regionalism and Cultural Identity in Western Amazonia Tipití" Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America 1 (1): 49-70. 2003.

"Partible Paternity and Multiple Maternity among the Kulina" in Stephen Beckerman and Paul Valentine (eds) Cultures of Multiple Fathers: Partible Paternity in Lowland South America University of Florida Press. pp. 42-61. 2002.

“Physician Autobiography: Narrative and the Social History of Medicine” in Cheryl Mattingly & Linda Garro [eds] Narrative and the Cultural Construction of Illness and Healing, University of California Press, 2001. pp. 108-127.

“Behavioral Disorders We Want to Have.” Psychiatric Currents. 12: 145-167. 2000.

“Depression and Ethnicity among Medical and Surgical Hospital Patients.” Journal of Health and Ethnicity 31(2): 34-46. 2000.

“The Anthropology of Emotion” in D. Levinson, J. Ponzetti, & Peter Jorgensen (eds) Encyclopedia of Human Emotions. vol. 1. New York: Macmillan, pp 56-59. 1999.

“Traditional Healing in Latin America and the Caribbean” in Kwame Anthony Appiah and Henry Louis Gates (eds) Africana. Basic Books, pp. 1863-1864. 1999.

“The Social Construction of Medical Jargon” Cadernos de Saúde Pública: Reports in Public Health. 14(4): 463-464. 1998.

“Food and Gender among the Kulina” in Carole Counihan and Steven Kaplan (eds) Food and Gender: Identity and Power. Gordon & Breach. pp. 11-28. 1998.

(& Carlos Jaén, et al) “Patterns of Dysphoria in a Puerto Rican Urban Community” Journal of the National Medical Association 90(2): 93 – 98, 1998.

(& Raphael Leo, et al.) “Geropsychiatric Consultation for African American and Caucasian Patients” General Hospital Psychiatry 19:216-222, 1997.