1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

M. Norman Oliver


M.D. Case Western Reserve University 1994
M.A. (Anthropology) Case Western Reserve University 1992

P.O. Box 800729


I am interested in Western biomedical practice and how social and cultural factors influence the delivery of those health services and the health outcomes of those services. In particular, I am interested in the physician-patient interaction. I seek to look at the discourse between patient and physician to shed light on how communicative practice in the medical setting leads to diagnostic and treatment decisions. In this regard, I am interested in integrating cognitive anthropological approaches with interpretive ethnography. Geographically, I am primarily interested in African-American populations.



Medical anthropology; race, gender, and social class issues in health care; Marxism.

Affiliated Anthropologists & Faculty

Roberto Armengol
Ford Postdoctoral Fellow
Nomi Dave
Assistant Professor, Critical & Comparative Studies, McIntire Deparment of Music
Tessa Farmer
GSMS Track Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Language and Cultures, and Global Studies
David Flood
Post-Doctoral Research, College of Arts and Sciences
Caren Freeman
International Student & Scholar Advisor; Director of Studies at Hereford Residential College
Adriana Greci Green
Curator of Indigenous Art of the Americas, Fralin Art Museum
Jerome Handler
Senior Scholar, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
Diane M. Hoffman
Associate Professor, Curry School of Education
Peter E. Hook
Professor Emeritus, College of Arts and Sciences
Michelle Kisliuk
Associate Professor, McIntire Department of Music
Catarina Krizancic
Coordinator for Independent Projects and Associate Director for Program Design, International Studies Office
Noel Lobley
Assistant Professor, Critical & Comparative Studies, McIntire Deparment of Music
Ekaterina V. Makarova
Lecturer, Department of Sociology
R. Lawrence Merkel
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatric Medicine
Rachel Most
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Programs and Professor
Vanessa L. Ochs
Director of Jewish Studies, Department of Religions Studies
M. Norman Oliver
Lisa Toccafondi Shutt
Director of Undergraduate Programs, Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies
Henry Skerritt
Curator of the Indigenous Arts of Australia, Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginial Art Museum
Margo Smith
Director and Curator, Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
Phillip Trella
Director, Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs
Matthew Trevett-Smith
Assistant Director & Assistant Professor, Teaching Resource Center