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Sally Carraher


  PhD, 2013, Anthropology
  McMaster University
  Hamilton, ON
Office: BMH 205
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 across the 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. She also serves as the Ethnographic Fieldwork Lead for the Canadian North Helicobacter pylori (CANHelp) Working Group ( Currently, her research includes multi-disciplinary projects on H. pylori infection and social inequalities, nutrition and community wellness, and northern homelessness. Sally is a community activist involved in several projects and grassroots organizations in Alaska and Canada. Much of her work includes a knowledge translation (KT) or other educational components - she has collaborated with numerous partners to develop training workshops on methods and field work, as well as community workshops on a wide array of topics.



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.