Lenore Manderson is Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Medical Anthropology in the School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, and Visiting Distinguished Professor of Anthropology in the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, Brown University, Providence RI, USA. She has undertaken research extensively with immigrant and refugee populations, and with Indigenous and Anglo-Australians, in Australia.
Lenore has worked in Southeast and East Asian countries, and in the Pacific and Africa, the latter especially in South Africa. Her work spans infectious disease, chronic conditions and disability, gender and reproductive health. She has published extensively, including Surface Tensions: Surgery, Bodily Boundaries and the Social Self (2011); her most recent publication, with Elizabeth Cartwright and Anita Hardon, is The Routledge Handbook of Medical Anthropology (2016). She edits the international journal Medical Anthropology since 2010, and edits a new medical anthropology series for Rutgers University Press, Health, Inequality and Social Justice.
An A-rated scientist and a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa, in 2016, she was a recipient of the Career Achievement Award of the Society for Medical Anthropology.
She divides her time between South Africa, the US, and with her family in Australia.