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Ian Whitmarsh, PhD

Education & Training

Dr. Whitmarsh received his BA from UC Berkeley and his Ph.D. in anthropology from Princeton University. He has been Assistant Professor in UCSF’s Department of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine since 2008. He is the Director of Graduate Studies in the joint UCSF/UCB Graduate Program in Medical Anthropology.

Dr. Whitmarsh has conducted research on ethnicity and chronic diseases in the Caribbean (Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago). This work explores competing interpretations between scientific researchers, health policy officials, and communities. He is the author of several articles, a book on asthma and race, and has also published on interpretations of disease genetics among researchers, medical practitioners, and families in the US and the Caribbean. Dr. Whitmarsh’s current work focuses on understandings and experiences of diabetes, obesity, and heart disease among different ethnic groups in the Caribbean and northern California.