Catherine Panter-Brick, MA, MSc, D.Phil, is a medical anthropologist, trained in human biology and the social sciences. She directs the Program on Conflict, Resilience, and Health at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, and the Anthropology Program on Stress and Family Resilience. She is also the Senior Editor (Medical Anthropology) of the interdisciplinary journal Social Science & Medicine. Professor Panter-Brick holds a joint appointment in the Department of Anthropology and the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, and a secondary appointment at the School of Public Health. She actively serves on the Steering Committee of the Yale Women’s Faculty Forum (WFF) and the Global Health Initiative (GHI).
Prior to coming to Yale, she was a professor of anthropology at Durham University and a fellow at St Hugh’s College, Oxford University. Her current research focuses on youth in global adversity, addressing issues of risk and resilience in contexts of poverty, disease, famine, armed conflict, and social marginalization. She has directed more than 40 interdisciplinary research and evaluation projects in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, the Gambia, Jordan, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, and the United Kingdom. Her teaching at Yale includes interdisciplinary courses on global health, equity, and mental health, and seminar classes on violence, resilience, and humanitarian interventions.
For her work in humanitarian and conflict areas such as Niger and Afghanistan, Professor Panter-Brick was awarded the Lucy Mair Medal by the Council of the Royal Anthropology Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. This awards honors excellence in the application of anthropology to the relief of poverty and distress and to the active recognition of human dignity. She has also been appointed a Senior Research Fellow in the Crisis Prevention & Post-Conflict Unit of Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and a Research Associate of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS).
She has published extensively on humanitarian action; hope, trauma, and mental health in Afghanistan; decision-making and survival in Niger; public health interventions in Nepal, the UK and the Gambia; and markers of stress in contexts of violence and homelessness. Professor Panter-Brick is the author of seven co-edited books and 140 articles, including her most recent book, “Medical Humanitarianism: Ethnographies of Practice” (2015), with co-editor Sharon Abramowitz. View her full list of publications. She leads the Early Childhood Peacebuilding Consortium with other faculty at Yale and the United Nations, to disseminate scientific research and advocate for better policies on violence prevention.
In Spring 2018, Panter-Brick was among the organizers of the workshop, "Health and Humanitarian Action: Bridging Gaps between Research and Practice," which brought together distinguished practitioners and academics working on health in humanitarian crises to discuss challenges and opportunities to foster effective relationships. Learn more about the workshop.