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Jennifer J. Carroll

Jennifer J. CarrollJennifer J. Carroll, PhD MPH
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Elon University (Elon, NC)
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine (Research), Brown University (Providence, RI)

Current research:

Dr. Carroll is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Elon University as well as a subject matter expert on opioids at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Medicine at Brown University. She is an ethnographic research specializing in substance use and Eastern European cultures. She is interested especially in how social structure, cultural context, and human behavior (especially substance use) intersect to create persistent disparities in health, welfare, and social capital.

Her book, Narkomania: Drugs, HIV, and Citizenship in Ukraine (Cornell, 2019), is the result of long-term field work in  Ukraine’s internationally funded methadone programs, exploring the impact of these relationships on Ukraine’s 2014 Maidan Revolution and its ongoing occupation and war with Russia. She primarily argues that social imaginaries of “addiction” are flexible, multivocal constructs through which salient ideas about sovereignty and citizenship are articulated and actualized for the sake of nationalist projects, especially in times of rapid social change.

She is now conducting pilot research for a new project on primary healthcare reform in Ukraine and its impact on healthcare access for marginalized persons. This research shows how attempts to “modernize” the health care system in Ukraine are not only capable of exacerbating long-standing social inequities but may also disable the socio-financial mechanisms (i.e. monetary “gifts” and out-of-pocket payments) by which doctors and patients have long established trust and solidified their social roles in the clinic.

Dr. Carroll has also conducted extensive research on opioid use and opioid overdose prevention in the United States. Please refer to her website for more information on this area of her scholarship.

Recent publications:

2019      Narkomania: Drugs, HIV, and Citizenship in Ukraine. Cornell University Press.
2018     “Sovereign Rules and Rearrangements: Banning Methadone in Occupied Crimea” Medical Anthropology. 38(6): 508-522
2017     “Image and Imitation: The Visual Rhetoric of Pro-Russian Propaganda.” Ideology and Politics Journal. 2(8): 36-79.

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