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Harris Solomon

Fred W. Shaffer Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Global Health, Duke University
Chapter Member: North Carolina SSN
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Solomon's research focuses on the social dimensions of medicine and public health, in the US and globally. With research experience in both India and the US, Solomon's writings address topics of epidemics, hospital work, and Covid-19.


In the News

Opinion: "COVID Intensive Care in India," Harris Solomon, YouTube, January 15, 2022.
Opinion: "Omicron Magnifies the Distress in the Health Care Labor System," Harris Solomon, STAT, January 7, 2022.


"Shifting Gears: Triage and Traffic in Urban India." Medical Anthropology Quarterly 31, no. 3 (2017): 349-364.

Demonstrates how triage of cases in an emergency trauma ward in Mumbai, India bears out qualities of movement.

"Metabolic Living Food, Fat, and the Absorption of Illness in India" (Duke University Press, 2016).

Studies the causes and consequences of metabolic disease in India, based in the homes, streets, and clinics of Mumbai.

"Living on Borrowed Breath: Respiratory Distress, Social Breathing, and the Vital Movement of Ventilators" Medical Anthropology Quarterly 35, no. 1 (2021): 102-119.

Discusses an ethnographic study of trauma care and the rationing of ventilators in a Mumbai public hospital intensive care unit.

"Where Have All the Heroes Gone?" (with Charles W. Hargett and Peter S. Kussin). Cross-Cultural Studies in Health and Illness 40, no. 3 (2021): 209-213.

Reflects on the problems of heroism discourse around healthcare workers during the Covid-19 pandemic. Forms its basis off of ongoing research on the lives and labors of healthcare workers in an ICU.