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Dr Roslyn Malcolm

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology 
Fellow of the Institute for Medical Humanities
Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing


I joined Durham University's Anthropology Department as Assistant Professor in 2020 (PhD 2019) after positions at the University of Edinburgh's Social Anthropology department, and the Centre for Biomedcine, Self and Society. Through three interlocking research areas I seek to understand the stories we tell about selves, persons, bodies and environments, and the role biomedical knowledges play in models of functioning and flourishing across these scales.

The first focuses on autism, neurodivergence, embodiment, disability, empathy, and sensory experience. My forthcoming monograph on autistic ways of being and more than human sociality is under contract with Universtiy of Minnesota Press. The second strand is motivated by a fascination with the social lives of hormones and I currently co-lead The Hormones Hub - an interdisciplinary network of hormones researchers. My co-edited book on the topic entitled Hormonal Theory: A Rebellious Glossary is now available with Bloomsbury. Nonhuman animals are the third strand of my research, including more-than-human sociality and health, with a particular emphasis on multispecies communication and animal assisted therapies. 

I have taught a range of courses across social and medical anthropology including the anthropology of reproduction, kinship and relatedness, and a research-led course on the anthropology of hormones.

I am open for new PhD students and keen to supoervise cadidates in the research areas below.

Research interests

  • anthropology of autism and neurodivergence
  • disability studies
  • embodiment
  • empathy
  • gender and the body
  • human-animal studies
  • posthumanism
  • social lives of hormones
  • substance and relatedness


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