- Syndemics, epidemics, and pandemics
- HIV/AIDS community-based research
- Maternal health and kinship
- Policy analysis
- Gender, health, and chronic pain
- infectious disease
Dr. Pamela Downe is a medical anthropologist with expertise in community-based engagement, infectious disease research as well as maternal health research. She has served as President of the Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA), Co-Chair of the American Anthropological Association's joint conference with CASCA, 2019, and Vice-Chair of University Council.
HIV/AIDS cultural safety epidemics health infectious disease motherhood pandemics violence
Downe, P. (In Progress). Pandemics: Anthropological Insights. Under contract with University of Toronto Press.
Downe, P. J. (2021). Collective care: Indigenous motherhood, family, and HIV/AIDS. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. https://utorontopress.com/ca/collective-care-2
Downe, P. & Dravland, R. (Eds.). (2015). AIDS Saskatoon: A Time-Line of Work and Collection Essays on Context, Contributions, and Commitment. Saskatoon: AnthroInSite. (ISBN: 978-0-9920807-2-3)
Biggs C. L., Gingell, S. and Downe P.J. (Eds.) (2011). Gendered intersections: An Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies, 2nd Edition. Halifax: Fernwood Press.
Biggs, C. L.., and Downe, P.J. (Eds.) (2011) Gendered intersections: An Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies, 2nd Edition. Halifax: Fernwood Press.
Downe, P.J. (1994). Picadura de la mosca chiclera: El studio de leishmaniasis en Campeche, Mexico. Merida, Mexico: Instituto de Antropologia E Historia, Universidad De Yucatan.
Brittain, D.R., Gyursik, N.C., Tupper, S.M., & Downe, Pamela J. (2018). Moving forward with physical activity: Self-management of chronic pain among women. Women's Health Issues, 28(2), 113-116.
Downe, Pamela J. (2018). "I don't want nobody to take me away": Children, caregiving, and the threat of child separation in Saskatchewan. Neos: Anthropology of Children and Youth, 10(2), 17-18
Williamson, Linzi, Lawson, Karen, Downe, Pamela, & Pierson, Roger. (2014). Informed reproductive decision-making: The impact of providing fertility information on fertility knowledge and intentions to delay childbearing. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada 36(5), 400-405.
Whitaker, R. and Downe, P.J. (2011). Feminist anthropology confronts disengagement. Anthropology in Action, 18(1), 2-5.
Downe, P.J. (2011). Feminist anthropology anew: Motherhood and HIV/AIDS as sites of action. Anthropology in Action, 18(1), 6-16.
Healy, P. F., Rodens, V. and Downe, P.J. (2008). Ancient Maya sound artifacts of Pacbitun, Belize. Musikarchäologie, 6, 84-89.
Downe, P.J. (2007b). Strategic stories and reflexive interruptions: Narratives of a 'safe home' amidst cross-border sex work. Qualitative Inquiry, 13(4), 554-572.
Selected Chapters in Books
Downe, P.J., Logan, Z., Shwetz, K., and York, S. (Curators). (2011). Through a Positive Lens: Picturing Parenthood in the Context of HIV/AIDS. May 24-28. SCYAP Gallery Saskatoon.
Teaching & Supervision
anthropology community cultural competency ethnography gender health history infectious disease pandemics
- Certificate of Advising Excellence, Graduate Students' Association, University of Saskatchewan, 2016
- University of Saskatchewan Provost’s Teaching Excellence Award (Social Sciences), 2013
- College of Arts & Science Teaching Excellence Award, 2013
- USSU Teaching Excellence Award, 2008
- College of Arts & Science, Teaching Excellence Award, 2000
- USSU Teaching Excellence Award, 1997
- Anthropology 111.3: One World, Many Peoples - An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
- Anthropology 211.3: Cultural Competency
- Anthropology 310.3: Anthropology of Gender
- Anthropology 332.3: Anthropology of Infectious Disease Disease
- ANTH 801.3: Anthropological Theory
- ANTH 804.3: Medical Anthropology
- INTD 898.3 (01): Interdisciplinary Studies: Gendered Perspectives on Friendship
- WGSt 898.3(01): Ethnographies of Mexico & Central America: A Focus on Gender
- WGSt 898.3(02): Gendering Bodies, Minds and Health: A Graduate Seminar
- WGSt 898.3(03): Advanced Feminist Methodologies
- WGSt 898.3(04): Feminist Perspectives on Group Dynamics
- WGSt 898.3 (05): Gendering Contagion: Advanced Issues
- WGSt 898.3 (06): Advanced Issues in Addiction
HIV/AIDS community-based research cross-cultural research epidemics ethnography feminism gender health maternal health motherhood pain pandemics pathography policy women
Dr. Downe’s research over the past 25 years has primarily concerned itself with outbreaks of infectious disease and pandemics. She has explored the ways in which illness, injury, and risk are syndemically and discursively connected to cultural ideas of contagion and communicability. Working across six countries – from rural areas in Mexico and northern Guatemala, to urban areas in Costa Rica and El Salvador, to rapidly expanding neighbourhoods in Barbados, to Canadian prairie cities – Dr. Downe has examined:
- infectious diseases;
- cultural dimensions of pandemics and pandemic responses;
- anthropological responses to health emergencies;
- the intersections between HIV/AIDS and violence;
- maternal health in relation to HIV/AIDS and other epidemic and endemic infections;
- pain and hemophilia;
- the health repercussions of migrant- and local- sex work;
- policy- and programmatic- responses to emergent health conditions.
- 2022 Fellow of the Canadian Anthropology Society
- 2021 Recipient of the Publicly Engaged Scholarship Teams Award, University of Saskatchewan
- 2020 Recipient of the Distinguished Scholar/Research Award, College of Arts and Science, University of Saskatchewan
- 2020 Recipient of the YWCA (Saskatoon) Women of Distinction Award for Research & Technology
- 2011 Recipient of the Weaver-Tremblay Award of the Canadian Anthropology Society
Education & Training
Ph.D. York University
M.A. University of Calgary
B.Sc. Trent University