Shana Harris

Dr. Shana Harris is a cultural and medical anthropologist with a long-standing interest in drug use and abuse, health policy and practice, and science, technology, and medicine in Latin America and the United States. She has conducted research on these topics in a variety of contexts, including projects on harm reduction and drug policy in Argentina, opiate addiction treatment programs in the San Francisco Bay Area, HIV/AIDS and injection drug use in Colombia, and heroin use and recovery in Scotland. Her current research focuses on medical travel and the use of a psychedelic called ibogaine to treat drug addiction in Mexico.

Working with Dr. Harris:Shana Harris

Dr. Harris is committed to advising and mentoring students in research at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. To support independent research, she works closely with her students to develop their skills in proposal and grant writing, data collection and analysis, and manuscript writing. She also works with students to publish their research and present at professional conferences. She encourages students to contact her at shana.harris@ucf.edu to discuss their interests.

Dr. Harris is looking for students interested in:

  • Cultural anthropology
  • Medical anthropology
  • Health and culture
  • Illness experiences
  • Drug use and abuse
  • Global and public health
  • Science and technology
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Latin America