Dr Hanna Kienzler
Tel: + 44 (0)207 848 7114
Dr Hanna Kienzler is a lecturer and Director of the BSc in Global Health and Social Medicine. She completed her PhD in cultural and medical anthropology in the Departments of Anthropology and Social Studies of Medicine at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. She also worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and the Psychosocial Research Division at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute at McGill University and as a Research Associate for the Trauma and Global Health (TGH) programme. She has a long-standing academic interest in the field of global health, in connection with organised violence, ethnic conflict, and complex emergencies, and their mental health outcomes. Within this broad field of enquiry, she is particularly interested in the social determinants of health and illness, gender based violence, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), local idioms of distress, resilience, and local forms of healing as well as in the growing field of human rights and humanitarian and clinical interventions.
Hanna conducts long-term ethnographic research in Kosovo and the Palestinian Territories. In Kosovo, she investigated the impact of war, violence and trauma on Kosovar Albanian women. In particular, she examined the role of social and cultural factors affecting mental health and how Kosovar Albanian women think about and act on health problems by describing their beliefs about sickness, their decisions about how to act in response to particular episodes of sickness, and their expectations and evaluations of specific types of health care. Recently, she started a new transnational research project examining the interrelations between global health agendas and humanitarian and mental-health aid programs in both Kosovo and the Palestinian Territories.
Hanna teaches graduate and undergraduate modules on topics related to global (mental) health; social and cultural dimensions of health and illness; socio-cultural studies of the body; and violence, trauma and healing. It is especially important for her to directly include students in her work. Therefore, her teaching is research based and aims to foster interdisciplinarity, collegiality and constructive dialogue with biomedical researchers and practitioners, and with policy makers.