Ruth Jane Prince

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Visiting address Kirkeveien 166 Fredrik Holsts hus 0450 OSLO
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Other affiliations The International Summer School (Student)

Academic Interests

social protection and welfare in the Global South; anthropology of the state and bureaucracy; citizenship; biopolitics and humanitarianism; medical anthropology; critical global health; hospital ethnography; toxicology and toxic exposures; waste; historical ethnography; temporality and materiality; Africa

Higher education and employment history

Ruth Prince is associate professor in medical anthropology at the Institute of Health and Society.

She trained as an anthropologist at the universities of Copenhagen, UCL, and Oxford. 

Link to Academia page

In August 2017, Ruth Prince was awarded an ERC Starting Grant (panel SH5) for a project titled "Universal Health Coverage and the Public Good in Africa".

This 5-year anthropological study will explore experiments with new models of social protection and welfare in Africa by conducting ethnographic research within state bureaucracies, healthcare institutions, and citizenship groups. The project will begin in 2018. 

Before taking up her current position she was Senior Research Associate at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge. Prior positions include a Mellon fellowship in "Science, medicine and society in Africa" held at the the History & Philosophy of Science department and the Centre of African Studies, University of Cambridge, and an ESRC and Smuts postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Cambridge. 

Her publications include a monograph titled 'The Land is Dying: Contingency, Creativity and Conflict in western Kenya', written with Wenzel Geissler, which was co-winner of the Royal Anthropological Institute’s 2010 Amuary Talbot Prize for best book in African Anthropology.

Recent research:

1) Engagement and Detachment: An ethnographic study of the ethical dillemmas facing medical professionals in Kenya. The research focused on a large public hospital and the struggles surrounding care in a context of growing inequality, scarce resources, and privatization (Norwegian Research Council, FRISAM fellowship, 2013-2016).

2) Developmental modernism in the east African city: Soviet medical aid to Kenya and its afterlives in the memories of medical doctors trained in the Soviet Union.

3) “Humanitarian interventions and moral economies of care”: Focusing on urban Kenya, this project explored forms of claim-making taking shape around humanitarian and global health intervention. (Mellon Foundation, Smuts fund, University of Cambridge, and Max Planck institute for Social Anthropology) (2008-2011).

4) “Volunteer economies: Urban youth, precarity, and the east African city”; Wellcome Trust collaborative pilot grant on “Street-level health workers in African cities” (2011-12).

 

Teaching

Honoraria

  • The Royal Anthropological Institute’s Amuary Talbot Prize for best book in African Anthropology, 2010. Awarded to "The Land is Dying Contingency, Creativity and Conflict in western Kenya" by PW Geissler & RJ Prince
  • Winner of the RAI's Documentary Film Student Prize 2003.  For "Adhiambo - Born in the Evening. Two Months in the Life of a Kenyan Mother and her Newborn Daughter". Prince, RJ, Geissler PW, Tuchtenhagen G., Neubert-Maric, M. 2002. (Digital Video Film, 68 min.). Copenhagen, Hamburg and Cambridge: Filmwerkstatt Dokumentarisch Arbeiten (Distr. Royal Anthropological Institute).

Research grants and appointments

  • European Research Council Principle Investigator, StG (SH5) (2018-23)
  • Norwegian Research Council FRISAM fellowship (2013-6)
  • Senior Research Associate, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge
  • Mellon Fellow, University of Cambridge, 2010-12 (History and Philosophy of Science and Centre of African Studies)
  • Smuts Research Fellow, Centre of African Studies, University of Cambridge, 2007-10
  • ESRC Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge, 2007-8

Cooperation

  • Co-investigator, Wellcome Trust collaborative pilot grant for “Street Level health workers and the African city”(with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) 2010
  • British Academy Visiting Scholars International Engagement grant, 2011 (Dr Benson Mulemi,Catholic University of East Africa)
  • Collaborator on “Global Social Inequality and the Anthropology of Uncertainty, Contingency and Future Orientation”. Norges Forskningsråd (the Norwegian Research Council), Prosjektnummer 222821, ISP-sammfunnsvitenskap (with University of Trondheim).2013-15
Tags: Historical anthropology, Social protection, Temporality, Welfare, Humanitarianism, Critical Global Health, Toxicology, Medical Anthropology, Citizenship, Waste economies, Biopolitics, Development, Anthropology of the state, Postcolonial Science, Bureaucracy, Postcolonial history

Publications

  • Wangamati, Cynthia; Sundby, Johanne & Prince, Ruth Jane (2018). Communities’ perceptions of factors contributing to child sexual abuse vulnerability in Kenya: a qualitative study. Culture, Health and Sexuality.  ISSN 1369-1058. . doi: DOI: 10.1080/13691058.2018.1438666
  • Geissler, Paul Wenzel & Prince, Ruth Jane (2016). Kisumu: global health amnesia., In  Traces of the Future: An Archaeology of Medical Science in Twenty First Century Africa..  Intellect Ltd..  ISBN 978-1-78320-725-1.  Part 4.  s 209 - 213
  • Prince, Ruth Jane (2016). Public health and global interventions in Africa. Current history (1941).  ISSN 0011-3530.  115(781), s 163- 168
  • Prince, Ruth Jane (2016). The Diseased Body and the Global Subject: The Circulation and Consumption of an Iconic AIDS Photograph in East Africa. Visual Anthropology.  ISSN 0894-9468.  29(2), s 159- 186 . doi: 10.1080/08949468.2016.1131517
  • Brown, Hannah & Prince, Ruth Jane (2015). Introduction: volunteer labor-pasts and futures of work, development, and citizenship in East Africa. African Studies Review.  ISSN 0002-0206.  58(2), s 29- 42 . doi: 10.1017/asr.2015.36
  • Prince, Ruth Jane (2015). Seeking Incorporation? Voluntary labor and the ambiguities of work, identity, and social value in contemporary Kenya. African Studies Review.  ISSN 0002-0206.  58(2), s 85- 109 . doi: 10.1017/asr.2015.39 Show summary
  • Prince, Ruth Jane (2014). Precarious Projects: Conversions of (Biomedical) Knowledge in an East African City. Medical Anthropology.  ISSN 0145-9740.  33(1), s 68- 83 . doi: 10.1080/01459740.2013.833918
  • Prince, Ruth Jane & Otieno, Phelgona (2014). In the Shadowlands of Global Health: Observations from Health Workers in Kenya.. Global Public Health.  ISSN 1744-1692.  9(8), s 927- 945 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Geissler, Paul Wenzel; Kelly, Ann H; Manton, John; Prince, Ruth Jane & Tousignant, Noemi (2013). Introduction: Sustaining the Life of the Polis. Africa.  ISSN 0001-9720.  83(4), s 531- 538
  • Geissler, Paul Wenzel; Prince, Ruth Jane; Kelly, Ann H; Manton, J & Tousingnant, N (2013). Sustaining the life of the African Polis. Africa.  ISSN 0001-9720.  83(4), s 531- 538
  • Prince, Ruth Jane (2013). Navigating Global Health in an East African City, In Ruth Jane Prince & Rebecca Marsland (ed.),  Making and Unmaking Public Health in Africa: Ethnographic and Historical Perspectives.  Ohio University Press.  ISBN 978-0821420584.  Chapter 8.
  • Prince, Ruth Jane (2013). Situating Health and the Public in Africa, In Ruth Jane Prince & Rebecca Marsland (ed.),  Making and Unmaking Public Health in Africa: Ethnographic and Historical Perspectives.  Ohio University Press.  ISBN 978-0821420584.  Introduction to the book.
  • Prince, Ruth Jane (2013). 'Tarmacking' in the millennium city:spatial and temporal trajectories of empowerment and development in Kisumu, Kenya. Africa.  ISSN 0001-9720.  83(4), s 582- 605 . doi: 10.1017/S0001972013000478
  • Prince, Ruth Jane (2012). HIV and the Moral Economy of Survival in an East African City. Medical Anthropology Quarterly.  ISSN 0745-5194.  26(4), s 534- 556
  • Prince, Ruth Jane & Marsland, Rebecca (2012). What is Life Worth? Exploring Biomedical Interventions, Survival and the Politics of Life. Medical Anthropology Quarterly.  ISSN 0745-5194.  26(4), s 453- 469
  • Geissler, Paul Wenzel & Prince, Ruth Jane (2010). Persons, plants and relations: treating childhood illness in a western Kenyan village, In Elisabeth Hsu & Stephen Harris (ed.),  Plants, Health and Healing.On the Interface of Ethnobotany and Medical Anthropology.  Berghahn Books.  ISBN 978-1-84545-060-1.  Chapter 4.
  • Prince, Ruth Jane & Geissler, Paul Wenzel (2010). Purity is Danger: Ambiguities of Touch around Sickness and Death in Western Kenya, In Hansjörg Dilger & Ute Luig (ed.),  MORALITY, HOPE AND GRIEF. Anthropologies of AIDS in Africa.  Berghahn Books.  ISBN 978-1-84545-663-4.  Chapter 12.
  • Geissler, Paul Wenzel & Prince, Ruth Jane (2007). Christianity, tradition, AIDS, and pornography : knowing sex in western Kenya, In Roland Littlewood (ed.),  On Knowing and Not Knowing in the Anthropology of Medicine.  Left Coast Press Inc..  ISBN 978-1598742756.  Kapittel.  s 87 - 116
  • Geissler, Paul Wenzel & Prince, Ruth Jane (2004). Shared lives: Exploring practices of amity between grandmothers and grandchildren in western Kenya.. Africa.  ISSN 0001-9720.  74(1), s 95- 120
  • Geissler, Paul Wenzel; Prince, Ruth Jane; Harris, S; Olsen, A; Oketch, H; Nielsen, BS & Mølgård, P (2002). Medicinal plants used by Luo mothers in Bondo District, Kenya.. Journal of Ethnopharmacology.  ISSN 0378-8741.  83, s 39- 54
  • Geissler, Paul Wenzel; Prince, Ruth Jane; Meinert, L; Nokes, K & Ouma, JH (2001). Self–treatment practices among Kenyan and Ugandan children and the need for medicinal education in school health programs.. Health Policy and Planning.  ISSN 0268-1080.  16(4), s 361- 372
  • Grigorenko, EL; Geissler, Paul Wenzel; Prince, Ruth Jane; Okatcha, F; Nokes, K; Kenny, DA; Bundy, DAP & Sternberg, RJ (2001). The organisation of Luo conceptions of intelligence: a study of implicit theories in a Kenyan village.. International Journal of Behavioral Development.  ISSN 0165-0254.  25(4), s 367- 378
  • Prince, Ruth Jane; Geissler, Paul Wenzel; Nokes, K; Okatcha, F; Grigorenko, EL & Stenberg, RJ (2001). Knowledge of herbal and pharmaceutical medicines among Luo schoolchildren in western Kenya.. Anthropology & Medicine.  ISSN 1364-8470.  8(2/3), s 211- 135
  • Sternberg, R; Geissler, Paul Wenzel; Prince, Ruth Jane; Nokes, K; Grigorenko, E; Bundy, DAP & Okatcha, F (2001). The relationship between academic and practical intelligence: a case study in Kenya.. Intelligence.  ISSN 0160-2896.  29(5), s 401- 418
  • Geissler, Paul Wenzel; Prince, Ruth Jane; Aagaard-Hansen, J & Ouma, JH (2000). Kenyan schoolchildren’s self-treatment of common illnesses.. Social Science and Medicine.  ISSN 0277-9536.  50(18), s 1771- 1883
  • Prince, Ruth Jane; Geissler, Paul Wenzel; Levene, M; Mutemi, W; Beckerleg, S & Schulman, C (1999). Perceptions of soil eating and anaemia among pregnant Giriama women.. Social Science and Medicine.  ISSN 0277-9536.  48, s 1069- 1079
  • Prince, Ruth Jane; Luoba, A; Adhiambo, P; NG'Uono, J & Geissler, Paul Wenzel (1999). Soil-eating is common among rural women in western Kenya.. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.  ISSN 0035-9203.  93, s 515- 516
  • Geissler, Paul Wenzel; Prince, Ruth Jane; Mutemi, W; Lowe, B; Friis, H & Schulman, C (1998). Geophagy and anaemia among pregnant women on the Kenyan coast. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.  ISSN 0035-9203.  5(1), s 549- 553

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  • Prince, Ruth Jane (ed.) (2016). Volunteer Economies: The Politics and Ethics of Voluntary Labour in Africa.. James Currey Publishers.  ISBN 9781847011398.  280 s.
  • Prince, Ruth Jane & Brown, Hannah (ed.) (2016). Volunteer Economies: The Politics and Ethics of Voluntary Labour in Africa.. James Currey Publishers.  ISBN 9781847011398.  280 s.
  • Prince, Ruth Jane & Marsland, Rebecca (ed.) (2013). Making and Unmaking Public Health in Africa: Ethnographic and Historical Perspectives. Ohio University Press.  ISBN 978-0-8214-2058-4.  260 s.
  • Prince, Ruth Jane & Geissler, P. Wenzel (2010). ‘The Land is Dying’: Contingency, Creativity and Conflict in Western Kenya. Berghahn Books.  ISBN 978-1-84545-481-4.  444 s.

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  • Lynteris, Christos & Prince, Ruth Jane (2016). Anthropology and Medical Photography: Ethnographic, Critical and Comparative Perspectives. Visual Anthropology.  ISSN 0894-9468.  29(2), s 101- 117 . doi: 10.1080/08949468.2016.1131104
  • Prince, Ruth Jane & Brown, Hannah (2016). The Politics and Ethics of Voluntary Labour in Africa, In Ruth Jane Prince (ed.),  Volunteer Economies: The Politics and Ethics of Voluntary Labour in Africa..  James Currey Publishers.  ISBN 9781847011398.  Introduction.  s 1 - 28

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