Rebecca Popenoe, summer 2018

Rebecca Popenoe


I teach and do research in medical anthropology, transcultural care, public health and research methods.

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I am an anthropologist and teach and do research in the fields of medical anthropology, transcultural care, public health and research methods at the Division of Nursing and at the Department of Global Public Health at Karolinska Institutet.  I have written a book, Feeding Desire: Fatness, Beauty and Sexuality among a Saharan People (Routledge, 2004) based on fieldwork in Niger, and co-authored numerous articles on culture and health, and, most recently, a pedagogical article. A selection of publications:

Popenoe, R., Langius-Eklöf, A., Stenwall, E., Jervaeus, A. (In press). A Practical Guide to Data Analysis, Nordic Journal of Nursing Research.

Ngarina, M., Popenoe, R., Kilewo, C., Biberfeld, G., & Ekstrom, A. (2013). Reasons for poor adherence to antiretroviral therapy postnatally in HIV-1 infected women treated for their own health: Experiences from the Mitra Plus study in Tanzania. BMC Public Health, 13, 450.

Bengtsson, L., Thorson, A., Thanh, V., Allebeck, P., & Popenoe, R. (2013). Sexual relationships among men who have sex with men in Hanoi, Vietnam: A qualitative interview study. BMC Public Health, 13, 108.

Sychareun, V., Hansana, V., Somphet, V., Xayavong, S., Phengsavanh, A., & Popenoe, R. (2012). Reasons rural Laotians choose home deliveries over delivery at health facilities: A qualitative study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 12, 86.

Sychareun, V., Faxelid, E., Thomsen, S., Somphet, V., & Popenoe, R. (2011). Customary adolescent sexual practices among the Akha of northern Lao PDR: Considerations for public health. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 13 Suppl 2, S249-S262.



University of Chicago  Ph.D.  1997

Bryn Mawr College  B.A, Magna cum laude, 1985