Martha Lincoln

Martha Lincoln
Assistant Professor
Internships, Scholarships, and Career Advising
Building: Fine Arts
Room Number: 521
Office Hours: 
Monday: 2:00 pm-4:00 pm


I am a medical and cultural anthropologist. Prior to joining the Anthropology Department at SFSU in 2017, I received my PhD from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Prevention Research Center, affiliated with UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. My research inclines towards the interpretive/ critical end of medical anthropology, but I also have experience as an NIH-funded postdoc and research scientist on projects that are more closely aligned with public health and applied anthropology.

Since 2008 I have conducted field research Viet Nam, where my research interests include the public health effects of political and economic change and the cultural landscapes of post-socialism. With funding from the SSRC and Fulbright, I have studied these issues ethnographically in Ha Noi. 

My publications include articles on the politics of Viet Nam’s informal sector, cholera epidemics in Ha Noi, racial and national stratification in Viet Nam’s health services, and biopower under socialism. With interdisciplinary collaborators in social science and humanities, I have published on topics including femicidio in Guatemala, the cultural politics of anatomical exhibitions, and the theoretical uses of ghost and haunting. With collaborators in public health, I have published research on post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse disorder among combat veterans in the US National Guard. These and other published works are available at my Academia site.

I have over ten years of academic editorial experience. Currently I am co-editor of the Position Pieces feature at the online open-source journal Medicine Anthropology Theory ( I am also a member of the editorial collective at Somatosphere, an award-winning weblog dedicated to medical anthropology, science and technology studies, cultural psychiatry, psychology, and bioethics (

With the support of a Marcus Early Career Research Award from SFSU’s College of Liberal & Creative Arts, I am developing research on medical crowdfunding for cancer – see With a co-translator, I am preparing a translation of a work of contemporary Vietnamese poetry. I am also completing my first book, titled “Remember The Source: Cholera and the Politics of Health in Vietnam.”


  • ANTH 120     Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology

  • ANTH 300     Foundations of Anthropology: History

  • ANTH 630     Medical Anthropology

  • ANTH 631     Science, Technology, and Medicine

  • ANTH 715     Anthropological Writing

  • ANTH 723     Seminar: Problems in Cultural Anthropology​