Department News


It is with heavy hearts that we mark the passing of Paul Farmer—medical anthropologist, physician, champion of public health, and social activist. Farmer worked tirelessly to care and advocate for the sick and the dying, especially among those who were marginalized, overlooked, and shunned. His mark is everywhere within the field of medical anthropology, inspiring more than one generation of students to study medical anthropology, work at the intersection of anthropology and public health, and add their shoulder to the wheel of efforts to end deeply-entrenched health disparities locally and globally. Indeed, Farmer's name is synonymous with the idea of “structural violence,” a term he introduced to our discipline's lexicon decades ago. We have lost an important elder far, far too soon. A great tree has fallen.