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Marlee Tichenor

Marlee Tichenor
Dr Marlee Tichenor
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
2.01 22 George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
Research Interests
Ethnography, Humanitarian intervention, Technology and society, Health policy, International development, Medical Anthropology, Quantification, International Organisations, postcolonial science and technology studies, Senegal, Global health governance, Global Health Policy, Anthropology of Global Health


PhD in Medical Anthropology (University of California-Berkeley and University of California-San Francisco); BA Hons (equivalent) Anthropology and French (University of California-Berkeley)

Research Interests

Marlee is a medical anthropologist interested in the politics of evidence and data in global health policy and intervention. Her doctoral research at UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco was a multi-sited ethnographic study of pharmaceutical interventions, antimalarial resistance research, and community-based approaches to the fight against malaria in Senegal. Her second project, at the Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh with the Global Health Governance Programme with Professor Devi Sridhar, investigated the development of metrics at the World Bank for measuring success in global health projects, as well as their influence on the global agenda of, and national strategies for, universal health coverage. As a part of the METRO project, she focuses on the central role of statistical capacity building in the 2030 Development Agenda and the ways that the ‘Data Revolution’ has been positioned as the solution to its complicated goals.

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

Tichenor M & Sridhar D. 2019. Metric Partnerships: Global Burden of Disease Estimates within the World Bank, the World Health Organisation and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Wellcome Open Research: The World Bank in Global Public Health.

Wenham C et al. 2018. Global Health Security and Universal Health Coverage: From a Marriage of Convenience to a Strategic, Effective Partnership. British Medical Journal Global Health.

Tichenor M & Sridhar D. 2017. Universal health coverage, health systems strengthening, and the World Bank. British Medical Journal 358: j3347.

Tichenor M. 2017. Data Performativity, Performing Health Work: Malaria and Labor in Senegal. Medical Anthropology 36(5): 436-448.

Book Chapters, Conference Proceedings, and Perspective Pieces

Tichenor M & Sridhar D. 2018. Disruptors: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Series on Global Health Disruption for the 10th anniversary of the Global Health Centre of the Graduate Institute, Geneva. The BMJ Opinion Blog.

Tichenor M. 2018. Dosing Therapies: Artemisia annua whole plant therapy, resistance, and evidence production in Senegal. GlobalMed Proceedings.

Tichenor M. 2016. The Power of Data: Global Health Citizenship and the Senegalese Data Retention Strike. In Metrics: What Counts in Global Health. Vincanne Adams, ed. Pp. 106- 124. Durham: Duke University Press. 

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PhD In African Studies; PhD in International Public Health Policy; PhD in Science and Technology Studies; PhD in Social Anthropology; PhD in Social Policy; PhD in International Development; MSc (R) African Studies; MSc (R) Public Health Policy; MSc (R) Science and Technology Studies; MSc (R) Social Anthropology; MSc (R) Social Policy; MSc (R) Sociology and Anthropology of Health and Illness