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Michelle Pentecost Profile

Dr Michelle Pentecost

Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and Global Health

Research interests

  • Child & Family
  • Medicine
  • Mental Health
  • Nutrition
  • Policy
  • Psychology

Biography

Dr Michelle Pentecost is Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and Global Health. A physician-anthropologist by training, her research and publication record reflects her work and interest across disciplines including clinical medicine, anthropology, science and technology studies, urban studies and global health. Michelle holds a degree in medicine from the University of Cape Town and has a decade of work experience as a clinician in South Africa.

Michelle defended her doctorate in Anthropology at the University of Oxford in 2017, specialising in the anthropology of postgenomics and global health. She is a founding member of the Health Professions Special Interest Group of the Medical and Health Humanities Africa Network. She is especially interested in the contemporary roles of the physician (and the physician-anthropologist) across the clinical, academic and public sectors, and the opportunities and challenges that accompany them.

Research

  • Maternal and child health
  • Politics of medicine
  • Medical humanities

Michelle is a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow. Her current research in South Africa investigates the social and ethical implications of public health interventions in the early life period from preconception to early childhood, and develops innovative qualitative methodologies for studying the social factors that shape life trajectories. For more information and recent publications visit michellepentecost.net or follow on twitter @medanthdoc. 

Teaching

PhD Supervision

Michelle invites queries for PhD supervision in the following areas:

  • Anthropology of global health
  • Anthropology of science/medicine
  • Science and technology studies
  • History and philosophy of science.

Further details

See Michelle's research profile

    Research

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    Culture, Medicine & Power research group

    Delving into the interdisciplinary study of social, cultural, political and historical dimensions of health and illness.

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    Mental Health & Society research group

    Seeking to better understand the socio-political dimensions of mental health and illness in the Global North and South.

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    Reproduction Research Cluster

    Our interdisciplinary group examines the complex social, cultural, and political dimensions of reproduction.

    News

    Global Health & Social Medicine academics support burgeoning researchers in social medicine

    The Global Social Medicine Network recently held an essay competition for postgraduate students to give them the opportunity to have their work published.

    global health

    Dr Michelle Pentecost awarded prestigious UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowship

    Ground-breaking research into the social and ethical implications of preconception interventions to be conducted by Dr Pentecost in partnership with the...

    Dr Michelle Pentecost

    Events

    02Maypolitics of potential

    Book launch: The Politics of Potential

    The Politics of Potential examines how new scientific understandings of the developmental origins of health and disease constitute new forms of...

      Research

      CMP Logo-72dpi
      Culture, Medicine & Power research group

      Delving into the interdisciplinary study of social, cultural, political and historical dimensions of health and illness.

      mental health app_promo
      Mental Health & Society research group

      Seeking to better understand the socio-political dimensions of mental health and illness in the Global North and South.

      Reproduction research cluster logo
      Reproduction Research Cluster

      Our interdisciplinary group examines the complex social, cultural, and political dimensions of reproduction.

      News

      Global Health & Social Medicine academics support burgeoning researchers in social medicine

      The Global Social Medicine Network recently held an essay competition for postgraduate students to give them the opportunity to have their work published.

      global health

      Dr Michelle Pentecost awarded prestigious UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowship

      Ground-breaking research into the social and ethical implications of preconception interventions to be conducted by Dr Pentecost in partnership with the...

      Dr Michelle Pentecost

      Events

      02Maypolitics of potential

      Book launch: The Politics of Potential

      The Politics of Potential examines how new scientific understandings of the developmental origins of health and disease constitute new forms of...