USCB Research and Scholarship Day
Biosketch of Keynote Speaker, Dr. David Simmons
David Simmons, Ph.D., is an associate professor with a dual position in the
Department of Anthropology and the Department of Health
Promotion, Education, and Behavior at the University of South Carolina.
As a medical anthropologist, he studies health and healing practices in
historical and contemporary contexts. His topical specializations are in
infectious disease (specifically HIV/AIDS), vernacular forms of medicine,
and social justice. An award-winning teacher, he has also been recognized
for his outstanding efforts on behalf of Haitian agricultural workers by
the American Embassy in Santo Domingo and was awarded the Distinguished
American Citizen Award (2002) as well as the Joseph F. Wall
Sesquicentennial Service Award (2004) from Grinnell College.
earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Michigan State University and
completed a National Science Foundation postdoc at Harvard Medical
School's Program in Infectious Disease and Social Change working with Dr.
Paul Farmer. His publications include numerous peer-reviewed journal
articles as well as the book, Modernizing Medicine in Zimbabwe: HIV/AIDS
and Traditional Healers. His second forthcoming book, Esperanza: Health and
Human Rights on a Dominican Batey is a winner of the Public
Anthropology/University of California Press International Book Competition.