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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.

Dr. Simmons 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.