Joyce V. Millen

Associate Professor of Anthropology, Department Chair

History and Interests

Associate Professor of Anthropology, Joyce Millen, has been teaching medical anthropology and African Studies at Willamette University since 2005. Prior to joining the Willamette faculty she was Director of the Institute for Health and Social Justice of Partners In Health in Boston, MA where she also taught in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. In addition to a doctorate in medical anthropology, she also holds degrees in public health and international relations. She has conducted extensive ethnomedical and epidemiological research in West Africa, particularly in Senegal where she lived for over eight years. Millen’s current research explores “diasporas for development” within the specific context of Africa's crisis in human resources for health.



Faculty-Student Research Collaboration

Service Learning


Books Authored
Irwin, Alexander, Joyce Millen, and Dorothy Fallows. Global AIDS: Myths and Facts, Tools for Fighting the AIDS Pandemic. Cambridge, MA: South End Press, 2003. (also published in Spanish and Japanese)

Books Edited
Kim, Jim, Joyce V. Millen, Alec Irwin and John Gershman, eds. Dying for Growth: Global Inequality and the Health of the Poor. Monroe, ME: Common Courage Press, 2000.

*For a list of book chapters, journal articles, and other publications please see CV.

Most Current Conference Papers and Lectures

2009 “Cooperation or Cooptation? A Critical Analysis of African Diasporic Engagement in Homeland Health” For the Institute for African Development (IAD) at Cornell University, New York.

2008 “African Medical Personnel in the Diaspora and their Efforts to Enhance Healthcare in Countries of Origin” Paper presented at African Studies Association Annual Meeting. November 2008. Chair of panel entitled Transnational Patterns in Past and Present.

2008 “Where Have All the Healers Gone? An Anthropological Investigation of Africa’s Health Workforce Crisis.” Washington State University. Invited Lecture.

2008 “Global Health Advocacy” Invited Workshop For the Advances in Global Health Symposium. Organized by Wang Center for International Programs at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Delivered workshop with two Willamette University student leaders of the Student Global AIDS Campaign.

*For a more comprehensive list of conference papers and lectures please see CV.

Awards and Fellowships

2009 National Science Foundation Senior Award for Interdisciplinary Multi-sited Research on African Diasporic Engagement in Homeland Health (pending)

2008 The Arnold L. and Lois S. Graves Award in the Humanities to conduct research in Ghana, West Africa.

2008 The Lilly Project at Willamette for participation in the First Global Forum on Human Resources for Health sponsored by the World Health Organization held in Kampala, Uganda.

2008 Atkinson Faculty Development Award for research on the human resources for health crisis at the World Health Organization, the International Labour Office and the International Organization for Migration in Geneva, Switzerland.

Academic Appointments

2005- Willamette University
2004-2005 Honorary Visiting Research Associate, Massey University, New Zealand
1995-2004 Research Fellow in Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Degrees Held

2003 PhD University of Connecticut, Anthropology
1994 MPH University of Connecticut Medical Center
1984 BA Tulane University, International Relations