Professor Lenore Manderson

Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Medical Anthropology, University of the Witwatersrand 

Lenore Manderson is Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Medical Anthropology in the School of Public Health, The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. She also holds an appointment as Visiting Professor at Brown University, Providence, USA; is an honorary professor at Khon Kaen University, Thailand; and adjunct professor in both the School of Social Sciences and the School of Psychological Sciences at Monash University.

Prior to moving to South Africa and the USA, she held senior appointments in Australia, including Professor of Tropical Health, The University of Queensland, 1988-98; Professor of Women’s Health, The University of Melbourne, 1999-2005; and Professor of Medical Anthropology, Monash University, 2006-2013.  She has trained to graduation over 150 higher degree students and mentored dozens of other young scholars.

Her research focuses on infectious diseases of poverty, chronic conditions and disability, and on questions of inequality, marginalization and suffering in Australia - with immigrants and refugees, indigenous and other Australian-born populations - in Southeast and East Asia (including Malaysia, China, Thailand, the Philippines and Japan), Solomon Islands, Ghana, and South Africa.

She is the author, editor and co-author of nearly 600 books, articles, book chapters and reports, including Sickness and the State (1996), Surface Tensions: Surgery, Bodily Boundaries and the Social Self (2011) and Disclosure in Health and Illness (ed. with Mark Davis, 2014) and, with Elizabeth Cartwright and Anita Hardon, of the Routledge Handbook of Medical Anthropology (2016). She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, 1995; World Academy of Art and Science, 2004; and Academy of Science of South Africa, 2016.