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Durham University

The Anthro-Zoonoses Network

Genese Sodikoff

Genese Sodikoff’s research lies at the intersection of environmental and medical anthropology. She has written about rain forest conservation and labor relations, and cultural and biotic extinction in Madagascar. Recently, she has begun ethnographic projects on rabies and the bubonic plague at a field site in central-eastern Madagascar. The project tackles the study of zoonosis from three angles: the impacts of land degradation on disease transmission, the formation of multispecies subjectivities through the trajectory of infection, illness, and disease resolution, and the effects of rabies and the plague on Malagasy funerary rites and eschatology. Sodikoff writes bimonthly blog posts on the anthropology of zoonosis for 3 Quarks Daily.

Selected Publications:

Sodikoff, G. M. 2017. Multispecies Epidemiology and the Viral Subject. In Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities. Edited by Heise, U., Christensen, J., and Niemann, M. London: Routledge Press.

Sodikoff, G. M. 2016. The Plague of Inequality in Madagascar. Anthropology News 57(7): 81-84.

Sodikoff, G. M. 2016. "Zoonosis." Theorizing the Contemporary, Cultural Anthropology website, April 6, 2016.


“Who Cracked the Case of Kuru?” 3 Quarks Daily, June 19, 2017.

“The Liminality of Lyme Disease.” 3 Quarks Daily. January 16, 2017.

“Airborne.” 3 Quarks Daily. November 21, 2016.

“Mad and Mythical Dogs.” 3 Quarks Daily. October 17, 2016.

Genese Sodikoff

Rutgers University-Newark