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Janelle S. Taylor

Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto

I am a medical anthropologist, meaning that I use tools and concepts from cultural anthropology to study social and cultural dimensions of illness and medicine. My research has been based in North America, and has addressed topics that include fetal ultrasound imaging, end-of-life decisionmaking, medical education, dialysis, and dementia. This work has appeared in medical journals as well as social science publications.


  • 2019–present
    Professor, University of Toronto
  • 2013–2019
    Professor, University of Washington
  • 2007–2013
    Associate professor, University of Washington
  • 1999–2007
    Assistant professor, University of Washington


  • 1999 
    University of Chicago, Ph.D. / Sociocultural anthropology