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Maya Mesola


Office: Dealy Hall 407A
Phone: 718- 817-3868
Fax: 718-817-3846


Maya is a feminist medical anthropologist and anthropological demographer who lives in Brooklyn. 


B.A. Chinese Language and Literature, Political Science and Economics, Rutgers University 
M.P.P. International Economic Policy, University of Michigan
Certificate in Demography, Princeton University
A.M./ABD Anthropology, Brown University

Research Interests

Feminist anthropology, science and technology studies, the philosophy of aesthetics in medicine. 


Mesola, M. 2015. "Book Review: The enculturated gene: sickle cell health politics and biological difference in West Africa" in New Genetics and Society 34(4).

Mesola, M. 2014. "Division of Labor | Division of Cells: the global political economy of embryology in Ghana" in Medical Anthropology in Global Africa. Rhine, K, Janzen, J, (eds). 

Ayaga A Bawah, Patrick O Asuming, Martin Bangha, James F Phillips, and Maya Vaughan-Smith. 2013. "Does the contribution of women to household expenditure explain contraceptive use? An assessment of the relevance of bargaining theory to Africa." African Population Studies. 27(4).

Awoonor-Williams, J. K., Vaughan-Smith, M and James Phillips. 2010. "Scaling-up health system innovations at the community level: a case-study of the Ghana experience." Social Determinants of Sexual and Reproductive Health. World Health Organization. 

Ayaga Bawah et al. 2006. "The Impact of Immunization on the Association between Poverty and Child Survival: Evidence from Kassena-Nankana District in northern Ghana." Policy Research Division Working Paper. Population Council.

Awoonor-Williams, J. et al. 2004. "Bridging the Gap between Evidence-based Innovation and National Health-sector Reform in Ghana." Studies in Family Planning. 35(3).

Courses Taught

Medicine and Society (Brown University), Introduction to Medical Anthropology (Lehigh University), Global Studies (Providence College), Anthropology of Health and Healing (Fordham University)