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Associate Professor of Anthropology, Brandeis University

Anita Hannig is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Brandeis University, where she teaches classes on the cultural dimensions of death and medicine. In recent years, she has emerged as a leading voice on death literacy and education in the United States, appearing on podcasts and in articles and conferences that tackle Americans’ changing relationship with death. Over the past four years, she has studied how access to assisted dying is transforming the ways Americans die, spending hundreds of hours with those at the front lines of assisted dying in this country. She is in the process of finalizing a new book on the subject, The Day I Die: The Troubled Quest for a Medically Assisted Death in Today’s America, which is being represented by Mackenzie Brady Watson at Stuart Krichevsky Agency.


  • 2019–present
    Associate Professor of Anthropology, Brandeis University
  • 2014–2019
    Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Brandeis University


  • 2012 
    University of Chicago, Ph.D. Anthropology
  • 2008 
    University of Chicago, M.A. Anthropology
  • 2004 
    Reed College, B.A. Anthropology