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Sally Carraher


  PhD, 2013, Anthropology
  McMaster University
  Hamilton, ON
Office: 102 B
Phone: 907 280-7222


Sally is an applied medical anthropologist with a background in both cultural and biological anthropology. She uses a combination of research methods, situated in post-colonial/anti-colonial theory, to study poverty, disease, and illness experiences amongst the Native peoples of the western Arctic and sub-Arctic. Her work draws on ethnography, Indigenous knowledge, epidemiology, demography, geography, and nutrition. Much of Sally’s work is trans-disciplinary; bringing Native community members together with epidemiologists, microbiologists, physicians, and nurses to engage in action-oriented research centered on improving health and wellness as it is envisioned by community members for themselves. Currently she is starting new research projects in nutrition and community wellness in Alaska and the Northwest Territories; and also serves as the Ethnographic Fieldwork Lead for the Canadian North Helicobacter pylori (CANHelp) Working Group ( Sally is a community activist involved in several projects and grassroots organizations in Alaska and Canada. When she is not busy working, you can usually find her on a bicycle or playing in the Chugach Mountains with her best friend, a dog named Missy.



In progress

2013. Carraher S. “Pathogen or Contaminant? Making Sense of Bacteria, Cancer, and Risk in the Aklavik H. pylori Project”



2013. Carraher S., Chang H.J., Munday R., Goodman K.J., and the CANHelp Working Group. “Helicobacter pylori Incidence and Re-Infection in the Aklavik H. pylori Project.” Paper accepted for publication in the International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 22 March, 2013.


2013. Carraher S. “Problems with the Epidemiologic Transition Model: Structural Inequality, H. pylori Bacteria, and Stomach Diseases in Aklavik, NWT.” International Journal of Circumpolar Health 72:21016.


Edited volumes

2011. Herring, DA and Carraher, S (eds). From Miasma to Microscopes: The Russian Influenza in Hamilton. Hamilton: Department of Anthropology, McMaster University.


2010.  Herring, DA and Carraher, S (eds). Recurrence and Resilience: The Third Wave of the 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic in Hamilton. Hamilton: Department of Anthropology, McMaster University.



2013. Carraher S. “Never Say DIE!” An Ethnographic Epidemiology of Helicobacter pylori Infection and Risk Perceptions in Aklavik, NWT. PhD Dissertation. McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.