Theresa Macphail (tmacphai)

Theresa Macphail

Associate Professor

College of Arts and Letters

Morton 330
(201) 216-8245


  • PhD (2011) University of California-Berkeley (Medical Anthropology)


My research centers on the culture of medicine and public health, the production of scientific knowledge, networks of expertise, information sharing, and everyday lived experiences of epidemiologists, microbiologists, biomedical scientists, and medical practitioners, and patients.

My current research project centers on the global rise of allergies, interweaving our scientific, cultural, and historical understandings of allergy as a medical condition and lived experience.

My next research project will focus on the history, current scientific knowledge, and cultural understanding of aging.

Institutional Service

  • Science, Technology & Society Chair
  • STS Search Committee Member
  • IRB Review Committee Member
  • Science, Technology & Society Chair

Professional Service

  • Medical Anthropology Quarterly Digital Editor

Professional Societies

  • 4S – Society for the Social Studies of Science Member
  • 4S – Society for the Social Studies of Science Member
  • AAA – American Anthropological Association Member

Grants, Contracts and Funds

2018 NEH Public Scholar


Global Health
Medical Humanities
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Science and Technology Studies