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    Pete Killoran
    Lecturer, Master Adviser
    Phone: (262) 472-1422
    Location: Laurentide 2134

    Leda Nath
    Department Chair and Professor
    Phone: (262) 472-1125
    Location: Laurentide 2110

    Amanda Zierath
    Academic Department Associate
    Phone: (262) 472-1133
    Location: Laurentide 2112

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    Faculty Profile

    Michael Oldani, PhD, MS, Associate Prof., Medical Anthropology

    Office location: Laurentide 2132
    Phone: (262) 472-1728
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    Michael Oldani is an Associate Professor of Medical Anthropology and Coordinator of the Family, Health & Disabilites Studies Program at UWW.  His ethnographic work has critically examined the impact of modern pharmaceuticals on medical practice, in particular psychiatry; on family dynamics; and on notions of personhood and ‘the self’.  Recent publications have specifically assessed the sales and marketing activities of multinational pharmaceutical companies; documented and theorized the racialized prescribing of stimulant medication for children amongst Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children in Canada; and, explored the ethical implications of incentivized models (i.e., bonus pay for physicians) of treatment compliance for both doctors and patients.  He has published articles in Medical Anthropology Quarterly; Transcultural Psychiatry, Anthropology and Medicine, and Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry.  He currently is working on his first ethnographic book, ‘Tales from the Script: An Ethnography of Pharmaceutical Prescribing’, that will be published through Duke University Press.  He also participated in documentary film work with M. Palmieri and D. Mosher (Filmscience) – and routinely does consulting work with investigative journalists and for law firms/lawsuits regarding pharmaceutical sales practices. His most recent completed ethnographi project focused on "pharmaceutical detox" in high prescribing psychiatry clinics (see  Professor Oldani completed his doctoral training at Princeton University (2006) and prior to that he worked within the pharmaceutical industry during the 1990s. [Courses Taught at UWW: Individual and Society (Gen Ed 130); Cultural Anthropology (Anthr 218); Culture, Medicine and Health (Anthro/Soc 302); Pharmaceuticals, Culture, and Society (Anthro316); Native North America: People, Culture, and Survival (Anthr 305); Anthropological Theory (Anthro/Soc 420); Independent Study (Anthro 498); In development: Global Health]


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    Rebecca Reichert
    Phone: (262) 472-1621

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