Moji Anderson

Position: 
Lecturer
Qualification: 
PhD in Anthropology
Department: 
Sociology, Psychology and Social Work
Courses Taught: 

SOCI2111 - Anthropology
SOCI6079 - Critical Approaches to Caribbean Society and Culture
SOCI6081 - Technical Writing
SOCI2018 - Anthropology (Africa/India)
SOCI3043 - Introduction to Medical Anthropology 
SOCI6079 - Critical Approaches to Caribbean Society and Culture

Research Interests: 

Ethnicity
Identity
Tourism
Jamaican sexuality
HIV/AIDS and coping
HIV/AIDS-related stigma and discrimination
HIV/AIDS and condom use
Medical anthropology
Caribbean diaspora in Latin America

Recent Publications: 

Anderson, M., Elam, G., Gerver, S., Solarin, I., Fenton, K., Easterbrook, P. (2010) “It Took a Piece of Me”: Initial Responses to an HIV Positive Diagnosis By Caribbean People in the UK. AIDS Care DOI: 10.1080/09540121.2010.482125.
 
Anderson, M., Elam, G., Gerver, S., Solarin, I., Fenton, K., Easterbrook, P. (2009) Coping With HIV: Caribbean People in the United Kingdom. Qualitative Health Research 19(8): 1060-1075.
 
Anderson, M., Elam, G., Gerver, S., Solarin, I., Fenton, K., Easterbrook, P. (2009) Liminal identities: Caribbean men who have sex with men in London, UK. Culture, Health and Sexuality 11(3): 315-330.
 
Anderson, M., Elam, G., Gerver, S., Solarin, I., Fenton, K., Easterbrook, P.  (2008) HIV/AIDS-Related Stigma and Discrimination: Accounts of HIV-positive Caribbean people in the United Kingdom. Social Science and Medicine 67(5): 790-798.
 
Anderson, M., Solarin, I., Gerver, S., Elam G., MacFarlane, E., Fenton F., Easterbrook, P. (2007) The LIVITY study: research challenges and strategies for engaging with the Black Caribbean community in a study of HIV infection. International Journal of Social Research Methodology: Theory and Practice 12(3): 197-209.
 
Anderson, M. 2005. Arguing over the 'Caribbean': Tourism and Identities on the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica. Caribbean Quarterly 51 (2): 31-52.
 
Anderson, M. (ed.). 2000. Thinking Out Loud II: Innovative Case Studies on Participatory Instruments. The Latin and Caribbean Civil Society Team, World Bank. Washington DC.
 
Anderson, M. (ed.). 2002. Thinking Out Loud III: Innovative Case Studies on Participatory Instruments. The Latin and Caribbean Civil Society Team, World Bank. Washington DC.
 
Contribution to the following reports:
 
Ministry of Health. (2003). HIV/AIDS Risk and Needs Assessment Among Men Who Have Sex With Men. Ministry of Health, Kingston, Jamaica.
 
PANCAP. (2007). PANCAP Survey of HIV/AIDS Stigma and Discrimination in Six Caribbean Countries (Grenada, Guyana, Nevis, St Kitts, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago). Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS, Guyana.

Teaching/Research Philosophy: 

A famous anthropologist said that anthropology is about making the familiar strange and the strange familiar. As an anthropologist I study cultures - cultures near and cultures far away. It’s a great way of creating bridges between people who never thought they had anything in common. It’s also a way of stepping back and trying to understand why we do the things we do, believe the things we believe, and so it gives us greater insight into ourselves as individuals and as part of a wider group. That’s why I do what I do: I want people to understand themselves and others better and use that knowledge to improve lives - theirs and others.
 
The tolerance that I think is an inevitable result of good anthropology leads me to use my training to look at and understand marginalized groups because I believe they have a right to have their voices heard. So I have long, in-depth conversations with people from these groups so that I can explore their life experiences and share what I learn with others who are in a position to help them.
 
A degree in anthropology not only opens your mind, it opens you up to a variety of job opportunities. I have worked for the World Bank, the Jamaican foreign service, been a consultant for the Ministry of Health … Anthropology is an excellent spring board for doing work that will really make a difference, to you and to others.