Yidong Gong

Assistant Professor of Anthropology - Anthropology - Health, Culture and Societies - Interdisciplinary Programs - International and Area Studies - Social Sciences

Yidong Gong
  • Phone: (941) 487-4397
  • Email: ygong@ncf.edu
  • Office Location: PME 113B
  • Mail Location: SSC 102

Postdoc  University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D.      Duke University
M.A.        Duke University
M.Phil.   University of Cambridge
B.A.        Shanghai International Studies University

Research Interests: Medical Anthropology, Global Health, Psychological Anthropology, Socialism, South Sudan, China

As an anthropologist, I study the ways in which people make sense of their lived experience in an increasingly dynamic, globalized, and conflicted world. What interests me the most is how sociocultural and political conditions shape illness and healing, and how medical expertise and ethics influence biopolitics (the governance of life) in transnational healthcare. My research joins a broader effort in the social sciences to study the mobility of medicines and experts in the contemporary world, particularly their convergence and friction in Africa. My current book project examines China’s long-standing medical programs in South Sudan, which offers an alternative to the widely accepted logic and values of medical humanitarianism in places marked by “crisis” or “conflict.” Through extended participant observation, semi-structured interviews,
and archival research, I explore the role of medicine from China in South Sudan, a hybrid system that integrates aid and business. My research has been funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Duke Global Health Institute, among others.

Course Offerings:

  • Medical Anthropology
  • Global Mental Health
  • Beyond the Body: Anthropology of Surgery
  • Anthropology of Humanitarianism & Development
  • China, Africa, and Globalization