Todd Meyers

NYU-ECNU Institute for Social Development at NYU Shanghai

Associate Professor of Anthropology
NYU Shanghai

Global Network Associate Professor


Todd Meyers is Associate Professor of Anthropology, NYU Shanghai; Global Network Associate Professor, NYU. He is currently the Director of the Center for Society, Health, and Medicine and the Co-Director of the NYU-ECNU Institute for Social Development at NYU Shanghai. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, he was Associate Professor of Medical Anthropology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Professor Meyers holds a joint PhD in Anthropology and Public Health and a MA in Anthropology, both from The Johns Hopkins University, and a BFA in Studio from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Professor Meyers's research moves between the social study and history of medicine, clinical ethnography, and anthropological approaches to the study of visual culture. During the 2017-2018 academic year, he is publishing three new books: Chroniques de la maladie chronique (Presses Universitaires de France, 2017), Violence’s Fabled Experiment (with Richard Baxstrom, Walther König/ August Verlag, 2018), and The Human Body in the Age of Catastrophe: Brittleness, Integration, Science, and the Great War (with Stefanos Geroulanos, University of Chicago Press, 2018).

His past publications include Realizing the Witch: Science, Cinema, and the Mastery of the Invisible (with Richard Baxstrom, Fordham University Press, 2016), Experimente im individuum: Kurt Goldstein und die Frage des Organismus (with Stefanos Geroulanos, Walther König/ August Verlag, 2014) and The Clinic and Elsewhere: Addiction, Adolescents, and the Afterlife of Therapy (University of Washington Press, 2013). In addition, he is co-editor of the Forms of Living book series from Fordham University Press and Associate Editor of the on-line forum Somatosphere.

Professor Meyers has received numerous awards and fellowships, including an ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship (with Stefanos Geroulanos, NYU), a Residency Research Fellowship at the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Research/University of Michigan, and the Ruth L. Kirschstein Individual Fellowship/NIH/National Institute of Drug Abuse.

Research Interests

  • Medical Anthropology
  • Social and Historical Studies of Medicine
  • Chronic Illness
  • Clinical Ethnography
  • Public Health
  • Visual Culture


  • Ph.D., Anthropology and Public Health
    The Johns Hopkins University, 2009
  • M.A., Anthropology
    The Johns Hopkins University, 2006
  • B.F.A., Studio
    The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1995


  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Melanesian Pidgin (Melanesia lingua franca)
  • Kanité-Yate