Damien Droney

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Areas of Study


  • BA, anthropology, Stanford University
  • PhD, anthropology, Stanford University


I am a cultural anthropologist with a research and teaching focus in medical anthropology, the anthropology of science and technology, and African studies. I received a BA in anthropology from UCLA and a PhD from Stanford University.

I am currently writing a book titled Weedy Science: Projects of Herbal Medicine in Postcolonial Ghana. The book is an ethnographic study of the training of medical herbalists in Ghana with a focus on political projects of class, race, and nation that shape the vocation of science in West Africa. More broadly, I am interested in expertise and how it intersects with concepts of health in African societies.

My current research examines this intersection through studies of the design of low-cost medical devices and interventions into Ghanaian food systems.

Droney, Damien. 2017. “Scientific Capacity Building and the Ontologies of Herbal Medicine in Ghana.” Canadian Journal of African Studies / Revue canadienne des etudes africaines 50 (3): 437–454.

Droney, Damien. 2016. “Networking Health: The Multi-Level Marketing of Health Products in Ghana.” Anthropology & Medicine 23 (1): 1–13.

Droney, Damien. 2016. “Demonic Voices: One Man’s Experience of God and Witches,” in Luhrmann, T.M. and Marrow, J. (eds.) Our Most Troubling Madness: Case Studies of Schizophrenia Across Cultures. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Droney, Damien. 2014. “Ironies of Laboratory Work during Ghana’s Second Age of Optimism.” Cultural Anthropology 29 (2): 363–384.