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Sharon Abramowitz

sharon_abramowitz

Assistant Professor

Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts and Science

Email: sabramowitz@ufl.edu

Phone: 617- 599-0191

Website: http://anthro.ufl.edu/abramowitz/ 


 Relevant past projects:

Abramowitz, S. (2014). Searching for Normal in the Wake of the Liberian War. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.
Abramowitz, S. and Catherine Panter-Brick, Eds. (2015) Medical Humanitarianism: Ethnographies of Practice. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Abramowitz, SA., McKune SL, Bardosh, K., Fallah, M., Monger, J., Tehoungue, K., Omidian, PA. C. (Community-Centered Responses to Ebola in Urban Liberia: The View from Below. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0003706. Published 9 April 2015.

Abramowitz, SA, McKune SL, Fallah, M., Monger, J., Tehoungue, K., Omidian, PA. C. “The Opposite of Denial: Social Learning at the Onset of the Ebola Emergency in Liberia.” Submitted to Health Communications.

Abramowitz, S. (in progress) “Medicine, Money and Moral Community: A Study of Humanitarian Agency in Liberia’s Health Sector Transition.” Submitted to Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

Abramowitz, SA., McLean, K. McKune SL, Fallah, M., Monger, J., Tehoungue, K., Omidian, PA. (In progress) “General Morbidity and Health-Seeking Behaviors in a context of Ebola Mortality: Monrovia, Liberia in the West African Ebola Epidemic.”

Good, B., Delvecchio-Good, MJ.,Abramowitz, S., A Kleinman, C Panter-Brick. “Medical Humanitarianism: Research Insights into a Changing Field of Practice.” Social Science & Medicine 2014 (120) 311-316. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.09.027.

Abramowitz, S., Meredith Marten, and Catherine Panter-Brick. (2014) “Medical Humanitarianism: Anthropologists Speak Out on Policy and Practice.” Medical Anthropology Quarterly.  doi: 10.1111/maq.12139.

Abramowitz, S. and Mary Moran. (2012) “International Human Rights, Gender-Based Violence, and Discourses of Abuse in Post-Conflict Liberia: A Problem of ‘Culture?’” African Studies Review 55(2) p.119-46.

Abramowitz, S. (2011) “Trauma in Liberia: The Tale of Open Mole.” Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry (Special Issue on Idioms of Distress) 34(2) p.353-79.

Abramowitz, S. and Arthur Kleinman (2008) “Humanitarian intervention and cultural translation: a review of the IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings.” Intervention: International Journal of Mental Health, Psychosocial Work, and Counselling in Areas of Armed Conflict.6 (3/4) p.219-227.

Abramowitz, S. (2005) “The poor have become rich and the rich have become poor: Collective trauma on the Guinean Languette.” Social Science and Medicine. 61 pp. 1206-1218.

Working Papers
Abramowitz, SA et al. (2014) Guidances and Recommendations: The AAA/Wenner-Gren Ebola Emergency Response Workshop.

Abramowitz, SA., McLean, K. McKune SL, Fallah, M., Monger, J., Tehoungue, K., Omidian, PA. (2014) “Preliminary Report on Community-based Accounts of Co-Morbidity, Co-mortality, and Health-Seeking Behaviors in Four Monrovia Communities During the West African Ebola Epidemic.” Working Paper from WHO data. Submitted to U.N. Mission Emergency Ebola Response.

Abramowitz, SA., McKune SL, Fallah, M., Monger, J., Tehoungue, K., Omidian, PA. (2014) “The Opposite of Denial: Social Learning at the Onset of the Ebola Emergency in Liberia.” Working Paper from WHO data. Submitted to U.N. Mission Emergency Ebola Response.

Abramowitz, SA., McKune SL, McLean, K. Bardosh, K., Fallah, M., Monger, J., Tehoungue, K., Omidian, PA. (2014) Community-Centered Responses to Ebola in Urban Liberia: The View from Below. Working Paper from WHO data. Submitted to U.N. Mission Emergency Ebola Response.

Abramowitz, SA, Omidian, PA. (2014) Brief on Attitudes Towards Ebola-Related Funerary Practices and Memorialization in Urban Liberia.” Working Paper from WHO data. Submitted to U.N. Mission Emergency Ebola Response.


Chapters

Abramowitz, S. & Catherine Panter-Brick. (In press) “Four Modest Proposals for Medical Humanitarianism.” In Abramowitz, S. and Catherine Panter-Brick, Eds. Medical Humanitarianism: Ethnographies of Practice. Edited Volume. University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming.

Abramowitz, S. (in press) “What Happens When MSF Leaves? Humanitarian Departure and Medical Sovereignty in Post-Conflict Liberia.” In Abramowitz, S. and Catherine Panter-Brick, Eds. Medical Humanitarianism: Ethnographies of Practice. Edited Volume. University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming.

Bass J, Eaton W, Abramowitz S, Sartorius N. (2012) “Global Mental Health Issues: Culture and Psychopathology.” Public Mental Health. Ed. William W. Eaton. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Media Appearances:

Featured in Discover Magazine: Lyderson, Kari. “Ebola Teams Need Better Cultural Understanding, Anthropologists Say.” December 9, 2014.
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2014/12/09/ebola-cultural-anthropologists/#.VJbeesAAOg
Featured in Nature: Reardon, S. Ethnography could help in Ebola crisis.” Nature 03 October 2014.
http://www.nature.com/news/ethnography-could-help-in-ebola-crisis-1.16067
Featured on C-Span: “Response to West African Ebola Outbreak.” September 23, 2014.
https://www.c-span.org/video/?321656-2/response-western-africa-ebola-outbreak

Commentaries and Online Articles

Abramowitz, Sharon, Bardosh KL, Leach M.,, Hewlett, B., Nichter, M., Nguyen, V-K. Social Science Intelligence in the Global Ebola Response. Lancet 385 p.330, January 24, 2015.

Contributor to Kowal, Emma, et al. 2015. “The Open Question: Medical Anthropology and Open Access.” Medicine Anthropology Theory 2, no. 1: 75–94.

Abramowitz, Sharon. 2014. “How the Liberian Health Sector Became a Vector of Ebola.” Cultural Anthropology: Hot Topics. October 2014.
http://www.culanth.org/fieldsights/598-how-the-liberian-health-sector-became-a-vector-for-ebola
Abramowitz, Sharon. 2014. “Ten Things that Anthropologists Can Do to Fight the West African Ebola Epidemic.” Somatosphere October 2014.
http://somatosphere.net/2014/09/ten-things-that-anthropologists-can-do-to-fight-the-west-african-ebola-epidemic.html
Abramowitz, S., Rodriguez, O., Arendt, G. “The effectiveness of U.S. military intervention on Ebola depends on the government’s will and vision to direct vast military resources towards a public health response.” London School of Economics Blog – USAPP
http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/2014/10/06/the-effectiveness-of-u-s-military-intervention-on-ebola-depends-on-the-governments-will-and-vision-to-direct-vast-military-resources-towards-a-public-health-response/
Abramowitz, S. (2009) “Healing in Peril?: The Debate between Anthropology and Humanitarian Agencies over Ex-Combatant Rehabilitation.” Anthropology News 50(5) p.14-15

Current projects:

The Ebola 100 Project: Principal Investigator and Project Director
This initiative is a collaborative, multi-national, multi-lingual project involving 20 researchers and practitioners. It seeks to interview approximately 1000 people directly involved in the humanitarian response to Ebola. The goal of the project is to map a history of the West African Ebola Response and create a public archive of humanitarian experiences during the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreaks

Abramowitz, S. (in research) Behind the War on Gender Violence: Tracking the Hidden Histories of Sex, Culture and Power in Liberia’s Past and Present.

Sustainability related courses:

ANT 3478: 1A77 Global Health Cultures

Health in Africa AFS6905:06HB