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Betsey Behr Brada (PhD, University of Chicago) is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Reed College. A specialist of southern Africa, her research investigates how individuals and institutions take up, negotiate, and transform aspects of biomedical education and treatment in the context of global health and humanitarian interventions.

As a 2018-19 Kellogg Institute Visiting Fellow, Brada will work on her book manuscript, “The Global Health Frontier: AIDS, Pedagogy, and Moral Transformation in Botswana." Drawing on more than two years of ethnographic data, this study traces the pedagogic practices through which clinicians, patients, and their families framed themselves and their activities in relation to the category of "global health" at the intersection of Botswana’s public HIV treatment program and private US-based institutions.

Brada’s research has received support from the Wenner Gren Foundation and the Fulbright-Hays DDRA program, among others. Previously, Brada was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Princeton University’s Program in Global Health and Health Policy, and a visiting scholar in the Department of Sociology at the University of Botswana.

Thematic Interests

Social, moral, and political aspects of biomedical interventions in the context of global health and humanitarian interventions

Current Research

"The Global Health Frontier: AIDS, Pedagogy, and Moral Transformation in Botswana"

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