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Francois Dengah

Francois Dengah

Cultural Anthropology

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

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

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

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