Faculty and Staff


Denise Spitzer, PhD, MA, BA, BSc


Public Health, School of

About Me

I am a critical feminist medical anthropologist by training and inclination. Using a dynamic, multi-scalar lens, I am interested in examining how global processes—intersecting with gender, racialization, migration status, sexuality, ethnicity, and other social identifiers—are implicated in health and wellbeing. 

My current program of research focuses on the impact of the global economy on immigrants, migrants and refugees in different parts of the globe—most notably Southeast and East Asia, Canada and the Horn of Africa—and engages with critical perspectives of the body, transnationalism and constructions of identity; the impact of policy on health; community-based participatory research; and intersectional analysis. 

In addition to my role as professor in the School of Public Health, I am an adjunct professor in the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa. Formerly, I served as the Canada Research Chair in Gender, Migration and Health and as Principal Scientist in the Institute of Population Health from 2005-2015.

PhD (Anthropology), University of Alberta, 1998
MA (Anthropology), University of Alberta, 1993
BA (Chinese Language and Literature), University of Alberta, 1991
BSc (Biology), University of Alberta, 1978

global health
participatory research
qualitative research
qualitative research
visual storytelling
impact of neoliberal globalization and polices on health and well-being