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D Ann Herring

D Ann Herring


CNH 511
Office Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 23915


  1. PhD Toronto, 1988


Research & Supervisory Interests

My primary research interests center on the anthropology of infectious disease.  This involves studying the biosocial circumstances that give rise to epidemics and facilitate their spread from place to place,  as well as the biosocial processes that ensue from the disease experience.  I’m interested in the way populations and societies – past and present – are transformed by epidemics and in the ways in which patterns of health and disease change through time.  My work straddles the Department’s strengths in the anthropology of health, human biology, ethnohistory and the anthropology of death. 

Much of my current research focuses on the determinants of health in Canada, with a particular emphasis on 19th and 20th century epidemics (especially influenza and tuberculosis), nutrition, and environmental health.



Courses (2013-14)

Fall - ANTHROP 2U03 - Plagues and People


Winter - ANTHROP 3H03 - Anthropological Demography

Winter - ANTHROP 4S03 - The Anthropology of Infectious Disease

Courses (2012-13)

Fall - On research leave

Winter - Anthro 2U03 - Plagues and People

Winter - Anthro 3H03 - Anthropological Demography



2012 The North/South Divide: Social inequality and mortality from the 1918 influenza pandemic in Hamilton, Ontario (with Ellen Korol). In The 1918-1920 Influenza Pandemic in Canada, edited by Magda Fahrni and Esyllt Jones. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.

2011 Collecting, Collections, and Practice in the Anthropologies of Health and Disease (with Christianne V. Stephens). Reviews in Anthropology 40 (3): 232-260. doi: 10.1080/00938157.2011.602611

2011 Syndemics in global health (with M. Singer, J. Littleton, and M. Rock). In Companion to Medical Anthropology, edited by Merrill Singer and Pam Erickson. Oxford: Wiley. doi: 10.1002/9781444395303.ch8

2010 Plagues and Epidemics: Infected Spaces Past and Present (with A.C. Swedlund, eds). Oxford: Berg Publishers.

2010 Lost in transition: explaining and treating influenza in the British army in the 1830s and 1840s (with J. Padiak). In Canadian Bulletin of Medical History 27(2):343-361.

2010 Influenza among British Expeditionary forces in France, 1916-1918. (with J. Padiak). In Biology and Behaviour in Anthropological Research: Essays in Honour of Prof. L.S. Penrose, edited by Sudip Datta Banik. Merida, Mexico: Unasletras.

2010 The coming plague of avian influenza (with S. Lockerbie). In: Plagues and Epidemics: Infected SpacesPast and Present, edited by D. A. Herring and A. C. Swedlund. Oxford: Berg Publishers.

2010 Emerging themes in anthropology and epidemiology: geographic spread, evolving pathogens, and syndemics. (with L. Sattenspiel) In Companion to Physical Anthropology, edited by C. S. Larsen. Wiley-Blackwell.

2009 Viral panic, vulnerabilities and the next pandemic. In Health, Risk and Adversity. edited by C. Panter-Brick and A. Fuentes. London: Berghahn Press.

2009 Global panic, local repercussions: economic and nutritional effects of bird flu in Vietnam (with S. Lockerbie). In Anthropology and Public Health, 2nd edition. edited by R. Hahn and M. Inhorn. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2008 Multiplying and Dividing: Tuberculosis in Canada and Aotearoa New Zealand. (with J. Littleton, J. Park, and T. Farmer, eds). Research in Anthropology and Linguistics-3, No. 3.[electronic monograph series, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Auckland, NewZealand.]. URI:

2008 The geographical epicentre of the 1918 influenza pandemic. (with J. Padiak). In Written in Bone, edited by M. Smith and M. Brickley. British Archaeological Report International Series 1743. London: Archaeopress, p. 1-8.

2007 Social contexts, syndemics, and infectious disease in northern Aboriginal populations (with L. Sattenspiel). American Journal of Human Biology 19(2):190-202.

2006 Aboriginal Health in Canada: Historical, Cultural, and Epidemiological Perspectives. 2nd edition. (with J.B. Waldram and T.K. Young). Toronto: Univ. of Toronto Press.


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