Dr. Ryan Whitacre (PhD, UCSF & UC Berkeley) is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute, and a Visiting Fellow in the Center for Social Medicine at UC Berkeley. Through multidisciplinary inquiry and collaborative research, he aims to sharpen theory in medical anthropology, and improve practice in global public health.
Dr. Whitacre is working with Professor Vinh-Kim Nguyen on a multi-year research project examining the impact of financialization on global health through a series of pharmaceutical case studies. Based on this research he is writing on a monograph which reconceptualizes the history and future of the “global antiviral economy.” He also teaches master’s level courses in anthropology and global health.
Prior to joining the Graduate Institute, Dr. Whitacre defended his doctorate in Medical Anthropology at UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco (2018), specializing in the anthropology of clinical research, public health, and pharmaceutical markets. In past work he collaborated with investigators at UCSF, UC Berkeley, and the San Francisco Department of Public Health to evaluate the development of novel biomedical technologies including oral HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and CRISPR-Cas9 gene-edited therapies.
His work has been supported by a fellowship from the U.S. National Science Foundation, research grants from the UC Berkeley, and a project grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation (PI: Nguyen).
- Whitacre R (2021) Revealing Truth through Diagnostics: From Disclosure Laws to Clinical Research for Novel Drug Development, Medicine Anthropology Theory.
- Whitacre R, Oni-Orisan A, Gaber N, Martinez C, Buchbinder L, Herd D, Holmes S (2021) COVID-19 and the Political Geography of Racialisation: Ethnographic Cases in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Detroit, Global Public Health.
- Whitacre R, Buchbinder L, Holmes S (2020) The Pandemic Present, Social Anthropology.
- Spinelli MA, Laborde N, Kinley P, Whitacre R, Scott HM, Walker N, Liu AY, Gandhi M, Buchbinder SP (2020) Missed Opportunities to Prevent HIV Infections among Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Users: A Population-Based Mixed Methods Study, San Francisco, United States, Journal of the International AIDS Society.
- Laborde N, Kinley P, Spinelli M, Vittinghoff E, Whitacre R, Scott HM, Buchbinder SP (2020) Understanding PrEP Persistence: Provider and Patient Perspectives, AIDS Behav.
- Whitacre R (2020) From advocacy to austerity: The new role of the U.S. public sector in HIV drug development and access, Global Public Health.
- Whitacre R (2019) A Critically Applied Approach to PrEP, Introduction to Edited Series, Somatosphere.
- Whitacre R (2018) Intimate Innovation: Political economy, subjectivity, and a novel method to prevent HIV, University of California, San Francisco, Dissertations.