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Prof. Kathryn A. Rhine, Ph.D.

International & Interdisciplinary Studies, Social and Behavioral Sciences - African/African American Studies, Geography and Atmospheric Science, Anthropology
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Lindley Hall, 417
University of Kansas
1475 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045-7590
Second office:
Bailey Hall, 109


Kathryn Rhine, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology. She studies the relationship between culture and health in Nigeria. Her research has centered on topics such as women and the HIV epidemic in northern Nigeria, and trauma systems and bloodless medicine in southern Nigeria. Rhine is also a co-investigator with the humanities-based lab, CoILAB-oratives: Bridging Digital Health Divides in East Africa.


Professor Rhine teaches courses in global health humanities, ethnographic methods, and African Studies, with a focus on Nigeria.

Teaching Interests

  • Health humanities
  • Critical medical anthropology
  • Global health
  • Ethnography
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • African Studies


Professor Rhine has lived and worked in Nigeria for nearly four years over the past 15 years. She has written a book titled, "The Unseen Things: Women, Secrecy, and HIV in Northern Nigeria" (2016, Indiana University Press), which won the 2017 Best Book Award from the Nigerian Studies Association. She is currently developing a new project titled, "Bloodless: Innovation and the Production of Surgical Knowledge in Nigeria" based on ethnographic fieldwork in Calabar, Nigeria.

Research Interests

  • Global health
  • Medical humanities
  • Ethnography
  • African studies
  • Nigeria


Professor Rhine is a faculty fellow in the University Honors Program and an executive board member of the Kansas African Studies Center.

Selected Publications

Rhine, Kathryn Angela. “The Unseen Things: Women, Secrecy, and HIV in Northern Nigeria.” Other. Edited by Dee Mortensen. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2016.
Rhine, Kathryn. “She Lives Dangerously: Intimate Ethics, Grammatical Personhood, and HIV in Islamic Northern Nigeria.” Journal Articles. Africa Today 61, no. 4 (2015): 85–103.
Rhine, Kathryn Angela, J. Janzen, G. Adams, and H. Aldersey, eds. Medical Anthropology in Global Africa. Books. Vol. 26. Lawrence, Kansas: University of Kansas Publications in Anthropology, 2014.
Rhine, Kathryn Angela. “Ambiguity, Beauty, and (In)Conspicuous Consumption.” Periodicals (newsletter, magazine, etc.). West African Research Association Newsletter, 2011.
Rhine, Kathryn Angela. “Support Groups, Marriage, and the Management of Ambiguity among HIV-Positive Women in Northern Nigeria.” Journal Articles. Anthropological Quarterly 23, no. 2 (2009): 369–400.

Selected Work

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