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Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
Department of Anthropology
Dr. Simmons is an Associate Professor in the departments of Anthropology and Health Promotion, Education and Behavior at the University of South Carolina. David received his PhD from Michigan State University (2002) and completed a three-year National Science Foundation Postdoc at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Social Medicine, Program in Infectious Disease and Social Change (2002-2005). David is an active member of the American Anthropological Association (where he serves as President of the Association of Black Anthropologists), is on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina TB Association.
ANTH 102: Understanding Other Cultures
ANTH 307: Cultures of Africa
ANTH/HPEB 551: Medical Anthropology: Fieldwork
ANTH/HPEB 552: Medical Anthropology
ANTH 730: Theory Through Ethnography
Dr. Simmons explores the dynamic and often conflicting relationship between vernacular forms of medicine and biomedicine.
David’s primary research explores the dynamic and often conflicting relationship between vernacular forms of medicine and biomedicine. Underlying this broad project is an interest in how power comes to shape the terms of engagement, and indeed the very meanings, of health, healing, and therapeutic practice among differently positioned actors. In this regard, he is interested in epistemic violence—that is how biomedicine establishes its truth claims on healing efficacy and how subaltern forms of healing respond to this process.
2012 Simmons, David
Modernizing Medicine in Zimbabwe: HIV/AIDS and Traditional Healers. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press
2013 Pope, H., Watkins, K., McKeown, D. Simmons, D. & Miller, M.
“Church-Based Health Promotion Program Impact on Ethnically Diverse Older Adults’ Social Support, Religiosity, and Spirituality.” Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging 25(3): 238-257
2011 Simmons, David
“The Role of Ethnography in STI and HIV/AIDS Education and Promotion with Traditional Healers in Zimbabwe.” Health Promotion International doi:10.1093/heapro/dar004
2010 Simmons, David
“Structural Violence as Social Practice: Anti-Haitianism, Haitian Agricultural Workers, and Health in the Dominican Republic.” Human Organization 69(1):10-18.
2009 Simmons, David
“Religion and Medicine at the Crossroads: A Re-examination of the Southern Rhodesian Influenza Epidemic of 1918.” Journal of Southern African Studies 35(1):29-44.
2009 Simmons, David
“Healers’ Understandings of Indigenous Names for HIV/AIDS in Harare, Zimbabwe.” AIDS Care 21(2):231-234.
- President, Association of Black Anthropologists, 2015-17
- Co-Chair, USC Diversity Committee
- Undergraduate Director, Department of Anthropology
- Distinguished American Citizen Award (2002) from the American Embassy in Santo Domingo
- Joseph F. Wall Sequicentennial Service Award (2004) from Grinnell College