Katherine Hirshfeld

Katherine Hirshfeld 


  • PhD in Anthropology from Emory University, 2001

Leadership Positions:

  • Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma


  • Health, Politics and Revolution in Cuba since 1898. New Brunswick: Transaction Press.
  • Gangster States: Organized Crime, Kleptocracy, and Political Collapse.
    Health, Politics, and Revolution in Cuba Since 1898 by Katherine Hirschfeld (2006-12-13): Amazon.com: BooksKatherine Hirschfeld: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle - Amazon.com
  • Peer- Reviewed Articles
    Reexamining the Cuban Health Care System: Toward a Qualitative Critique. Under
    review, Cuban Affairs
    The Psychology of Political Dissent in Revolutionary Cuba: A Comparative Analysis.
    Mind and Human Interaction, 14(2):89-109
    Epidemic of Pride: Pellagra and the Culture of the American South. Anthropologica 34, pp. 89-103.


Dr. Katherine Hirschfeld holds a BA in Anthropology from University of Amherst followed by a MA in Anthropology at Emory University. She is a medical anthropologist who has published on the Cuban health care system, most recently publishing a book titled, “Gangster-States: Organized Crime, Kleptocracy and Political Collapse”. Dr. Hirschfeld dissertation is titled “Socialism, Health, and Medicine in Cuba: A Critical Reanalysis.” She has received a number awards including the University of Oklahoma Faculty Senate Research Award and Association of Women in Science Award. Ethnographic field research includes Havana and Santiago, Cuba, and Ecuador. 

Katherine Hirshfeld at the Symposium at Emory 2022:

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