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Lenore Manderson

(she, her, hers)
Distinguished Professor, Public Health and Medical Anthropology, University of the Witwatersrand

Lenore Manderson is presently Visiting Distinguished Professor at Uppsala University. She is Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Medical Anthropology, School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, which she joined as a member of faculty in 2014 after an extensive career in Australia. Her research and publications, including Surface Tensions and Viral Loads, brings together interests in infectious disease and chronic conditions, structural inequality and social justice, gender and sexuality. She increasingly also works on climate science and the environment, bringing together the creative arts, humanities and sciences. Earth, Itself was a five year program around the elements, practices, and research on precarity, held primarily at Brown University (Providence, RI, USA) but in 2018 also at the University of the Witwatersrand. She edited Medical Anthropology from 2010-2020, and now edits the journal Human Organization. She also edits the book series Medical Anthropology for Rutgers University Press. In 2020, she was made a member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to education, particularly medical anthropology, and to public health. In 2023 she received Bronislaw Malinowski Award from the Society for Applied Anthropology, in acknowleding her career devoted to solving human problems using the concepts and tools of social science.


  • 2014–present
    Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Medical Anthropology, University of the Witwatersrand
  • 2014–present
    Visiting Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies, Brown University
  • 2006–2013
    Professor of Medical Anthropology, Monash University
  • 1999–2005
    Professor of Women's Health, The University of Melbourne
  • 1988–1998
    Professor of Tropical Health, The University of Queensland


  • 1978 
    Australian National University, PhD
  • 1973 
    Australian National University, BA (Asian Studies) (Hons)


Member of the Order of Australia (AM), 2020; Bronislaw Malinowski Award 2023