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Francois Dengah

Francois Dengah

Cultural Anthropology

Assistant Professor

Educational Background:

2013, Ph.D. in Biocultural Medical Anthropology, University of Alabama

2008, M.A. in Cultural Anthropology, Colorado State University

2004, B.A. Cultural Anthropology, Colorado State University



Contact Information

Office Location: USU Logan Campus, OM 245D0730 Old Main HillLogan UT
Phone: (435) 797-9056
Email: francois.dengah@usu.edu

Emphasis:

I am a medical anthropologist interested in the relationship between cultural consonance and indicators of psycho-physiological stress. My research is with Brazilian Pentecostals, examining how religion (as a cultural system) shapes coping resources and communal expectations which contribute to both salubrious and deleterious health outcomes. I also conduct research on computer gamers who play massively multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPGs). Specifically, I examine how players negotiate the cultural demands placed on them by virtual communities and the "real world," and how such involvement can lead to differential psychological health outcomes.

Expertise:

Medical anthropology, cognitive anthropology, virtual ethnography, urban anthropology, epidemiology, religious movements, mental health, dissociation, stress, gender roles, mixed methodology, social statistics, technology, Brazil