Barrett is a cultural and medical anthropologist whose research has focused on
religious healing, the social aspects of infectious diseases, and the ways that human
beings come to terms with their own mortality. He has conducted fieldwork in Northern and
Western India as well as in the United States. Barrett's recently published book,
"Aghor Medicine: Pollution, Death, and Healing in Northern India", received the
Wellcome Medal in 2010, an award given biennially by the Royal Anthropological Institute
"for a recent body of published work which makes, as a whole, a significant
contribution to research in anthropology as applied to medical problems." 

Barrett has taught at Macalester since 2009. 

EDUCATION: B.A., University of Colorado at Boulder, 1990; B.S., Johns Hopkins University,
1992; M.A., Emory University, 1999; Ph.D., Emory University, 2002 



Response, Macalester International (2012)


Economic Implications of Public Health Intervention: Issues of Culling and Compensation Policy in Bird Flu (with A. Acharya, B. Das, and V. Hood), Rajagiri Journal of Social Development (2011)


Murderball in the Classroom, General Anthropology (2011)

Film review of Murderball for the teaching of anthropology




An Unnatural History of Emerging Infections (with George Armelagos) (2013)

Contributions to Books

Anthropology at the End of Life, A Companion to Medical Anthropology (2011)


Leprosy on the Ganges, Conformity and Conflict: Readings in Cultural Anthropology (2011)


Avian Influenza in the Third Epidemiological Transition, Plagues and epidemics : infected spaces past and present (2010)

Book Reviews


Book review of Copeman, J., Veins of Devotion, Book review of Copeman, J. (2009) Veins of Devotion. American Ethnologist: 37(2): 380-381 (2009)