Yale University

Shan-Estelle Brown, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Anthropology, Rollins College


Shan-Estelle Brown, PhD is Associate Professor of Anthropology and co-coordinator of the Global Health Program at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Previously, she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the AIDS Program in the Infectious Disease department at Yale School of Medicine. She is a mixed-methods medical anthropologist with extensive training in qualitative research design and pedagogy on writing. She is the author of Writing in Anthropology: A Brief Guide, published by Oxford University Press. She completed her doctoral training in Anthropology at the University of Connecticut, earning a MA in English/Professional Writing from Old Dominion University and a BA in Humanities from Yale University. Her research areas are informed by social science, medicine, and public health: 1) patients' self-management of chronic disease and 2) acceptability and usability of new and new applications of existing treatments and technologies such as mHealth and PrEP for biomedical HIV prevention. These research interests work together to develop better design of interventions and technology to innovate patient health outcomes. Her research interests include community-engaged research, improving patient-centered outcomes with medical technologies, understanding patients' perceptions of risk and well-being, and identifying structural facilitators and barriers to health care access and retention in care.