Jo Weaver, Department of Global Studies

Jo Weaver

Associate Professor
Director, Global Health Program
Practice Areas: Medical Anthropology, Global Health, Mental Health, Race, Homelessness, Chronic Diseases, Food Insecurity, Health Disparities, India, Brazil, USA

Faculty bio | Research website

Lesley Jo Weaver is an academic expert in medical anthropology, global health, mental health, race, gender, chronic diseases, food insecurity, and homelessness. Her research focuses, broadly, on the social production of health and illness. In the US, Weaver's National Science Foundation-supported research addresses the ongoing crisis of houselessness in the Pacific Northwest by exploring stress and health among people living with insecure housing. In India, Weaver’s National Science Foundation-supported research explores how the day-to-day management of type 2 diabetes shapes North Indian women’s abilities to participate in social roles considered appropriate for women of their age, class, and caste groups. She also studies how South Indian women explain and understand distress, and what they do when they are so stressed that they need to seek help. In Brazil, Weaver’s work has examined how food insecurity influences physical and mental wellbeing. In addition to this fieldwork, Weaver co-hosts and co-produces the American Anthropological Association-sponsored podcast Speaking of Race, a longstanding program that explores the history and present-day reverberations of scientific racism around the world. 

Recent Media:
A new study looks at the health effects of homelessness in Oregon (KGW, March, 24, 2024)
University of Oregon studying health impacts of homelessness (KMTR, Feb. 8, 2024)