Our people

Our people

Head of Department

Professor Greg Downey

Neuroanthropology; sensory experience; psychological anthropology; sports, dance, and music; biology-culture relations; embodiment; physical training; human variation; anthropological and evolutionary theory.

Academic Staff

Dr Aaron Denham

  • Title: Senior Lecturer
  • Location: Building W6A, Room 616
  • Phone: (02) 9850 7564
  • Email:  aaron.denham@mq.edu.au.

Medical and psychological anthropology; child and maternal health; infanticide discourse, representation, and practice; development and health; divination and meaning-making processes; intergenerational relations; mental health; psychoanalytic theory and practice; historical trauma; electronic health records and patient-provider relational styles; West Africa; and, North America.

Dr Kevin Groark

Psychological Anthropology; Psychoanalysis; Medical Anthropology; Dreams; Ethnomedicine; Ethnobotany;  Intersubjectivity; Indigenous Latin America; Highland Maya; Amazonia.

Associate Professor Chris Houston

Political Islam in Turkey; republicanism, nationalism and identity; architecture and urban planning.

Associate Professor Chris Lyttleton

Sexuality and subjectivity; health and development; social impact of HIV/AIDS in SE Asia; migration and health vulnerability; ethnic minorities in the upper Mekong; drug reduction programs.

Dr Gabriele Marranci

Anthropology of identity and emotion; Anthropology of religion (specialisation in Muslim communities); Anthropology and neuroscience; Youth and society; Anthropology of global social threats; Immigration and migration; South and Southeast Asia; Western Europe, US and Australia; North and West Africa.

Associate Professor Kalpana Ram

  • Title: Associate Professor 
  • Location: Building W6A, Room 604
  • Phone: (02) 9850 8016
  • Email: kalpana.ram@mq.edu.au.

Class, gender and development in India; Embodied experience and gender: rural women's experiences of puberty, maternity, family planning and childbirth; Aesthetics and Indian performance cultures: performance of power in everyday life, specific performance traditions in dance and music, intersection of aesthetics, gender and nationalism for the Indian middle class and middle class diaspora.

Dr Jaap Timmer

  • Title: Senior Lecturer
  • Location: Building W6A, Room 603
  • Phone: (02) 9850 8121
  • Email: jaap.timmer@mq.edu.au.

Religion, ethnicity, migration, tenure arrangements, access to justice, governance, and non-state regulations.

Dr Deborah Van Heekeren

Christianity, cosmology and identity in Papua New Guinea; myth, history and ontology; phenomenological anthropology.

Dr Chris Vasantkumar

Money, number and numeracy, metrology and measurement, standards and processes of standardization, movement and mobilities, the anthropology of utopia, actor-network theory and social topology, economic anthropology, China and Tibet.

Dr Eve Vincent 

Indigenous Australia, race, the politics of recognition, Aboriginal expressive practices (especially literary), settler colonialism, Australian progressive social movements.

Associate Professor Lisa Wynn

  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Location: Building W6A, Room 606
  • Phone: (02) 9850 8095
  • Email: lisa.wynn@mq.edu.au.

Transnationalism; medical anthropology; new reproductive health technologies; sexuality; the language of medicine; cyberfatwas; tourism and travel; gender; identity and nationalism; Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the U.S. and Canada.

Dr Banu Senay

Professional Staff

Ms Payel Ray

  • Title: Department Administrator
  • Location: Building W6A, Room 615
  • Phone: (02) 9850 8077
  • Email: payel.ray@mq.edu.au.

Adjunct Professor, Visiting Fellow, Honorary Associates

Dr Maren Tomforde

Dr Sumant Badami

Associate Professor Paul Cohen

  • Title: Senior Research Fellow
  • Location: Building W6A, Room 612
  • Phone: Phone: (02) 9850 8021
  • Email: paul.cohen@mq.edu.au.

Dr Estelle Dryland

Dr Michael Goddard

Dr Robert Norton

  • Title: Senior Research Fellow
  • Location: Building W6A, Room 602
  • Phone: Phone: (02) 9850 8622
  • Email: robert.norton@mq.edu.au.

Dr Banu Senay

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