Mark Nichter

Bio Outline


  • Advisor
  • Humans & the Microbiome


  • University of Arizona
departments of Family and Community Medicine


  • United States


Postdoctoral training (Clinically Applied Anthropology), University of Hawaii
MPH (International Health), Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
PhD (Social Anthropology), University of Edinburgh
BA (Philosophy and Psychology), George Washington University


Mark Nichter is co-ordinator of the graduate medical anthropology training program at the University of Arizona.

He has more than 30 years experience conducting health-related research in Asia, Africa and North America, and is well known in global health and tobacco-control communities. His most recent research has focused on neglected and emerging diseases, tobacco and pharmaceutical practice. Currently, he co-ordinates social science research for Buruli ulcer and chronic wound care projects in West Africa, funded by the UBS Optimus Foundation; and is co-principal investigator on a tobacco project in Istanbul, Turkey, funded by Global Bridges and the Mayo Clinic.


Regents Professor, University of Arizona
Margaret Mead Award
Society for Medical Anthropology Career Achievement Award
Wellcome Institute Medal for Applied Medical Anthropology
Society for Medical Anthropology Graduate Student Mentor

Relevant Publications

Pathak, G., & Nichter, M. (2019). The anthropology of plastics: An agenda for local studies of a global matter of concern. Medical anthropology quarterly, 33(3), 307-26. DOI:
Nichter, M. (2019). Social science contributions to buruli ulcer focused health service research in West-Africa. In G. Pluschke & K. Röltgen (eds.), Buruli Ulcer (249-272). New York: Springer International Publishing.
Nichter, M. (2019). Comorbidity: Reconsidering the unit of analysis. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 30(4), 536-44. DOI:
Nichter, Mark. (2013). The rise and transformation of evidence-based medicine. American Anthropologist,115(4), 647-49.
Nichter, M. (2008). Global health: Why cultural perceptions, social representations, and biopolitics matter. Arizona: University of Arizona Press.