Holly Wardlow

Holly Wardlow

Holly Wardlow, Ph.D., MPH (Emory University, 2000)
Professor, St. George Campus

(416) 978-2199
Office: AP 234

Research Keywords: Medical anthropology, feminist anthropology, international health, gender and sexuality, HIV/AIDS

Research Region: Papua New Guinea

Research Bio

Dr. Wardlow is currently finishing one project and beginning another. The first is a collaborative project funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, “Love, Marriage and HIV/AIDS: A Multi-Site Study of Gender and HIV Risk.” This is a five-country comparative ethnographic study of married women’s risk for HIV in five countries: Papua New Guinea, Mexico, Nigeria, Uganda, and Vietnam.  Dr. Warlow’s colleagues on this project are Jennifer Hirsch (Columbia University), Daniel Smith (Brown University), Shanti Parikh (Washington University in St. Louis), and Harriet Phinney (University of Washington). For more information see www.mailman.hs.columbia.edu/sms/cgsh/lmhiv1.html

The second project, funded by SSHRC, is “The Moral Politics of ‘Reliable Personhood’ and the Social Life of Antiretroviral Therapy Policy in Papua New Guinea.” Dr. Warlow’s plan is to investigate Papua New Guinea’s ART program from three different social locations:

(1) the policy arena, where national and international actors work together, although sometimes at odds with each other, to create and implement goals, procedures, and rules for making ART available to patients;

(2) the clinical arena, where nurses and doctors are put in the position of gatekeepers, not only monitoring patients’ well-being on ART, but also deciding which HIV- positive patients gain access to ART, and

(3) the lived experience of patients who are on ART, particularly how they incorporate the antiretroviral regimen into their daily lives and how they manage potential conflicts between “patient-hood” and personhood–that is, the difficulties encountered in trying to meet expectations of being good, reliable patients while also being enmeshed in the obligations and pleasures of daily life.


2014. Paradoxical Intimacies: the Christian Creation of the Huli Domestic Sphere. In Hyaeweol Choi and Margaret Jolly (eds.), Divine Domesticities: Christian Paradoxes in Asia and the Pacific, pp. 325-344. Canberra: Australian National University Press.

2012    Jennifer Hirsch, Holly Wardlow, and Harriet Phinney. “No One Saw Us”: Reputation as an Axis of Sexual Identity. In Peter Aggleton, Peter Boyce, Henrietta Moore, and Richard Parker (eds.), Understanding Global Sexualities: New Frontiers, pp. 91-107. New York: Routledge.

2012   The Task of the HIV Translator: Transforming Global AIDS Knowledge in an Awareness Workshop. Medical Anthropology 31(5): 404-419.

2011    Holly Wardlow with Mary M. Tamia. “Sweet Electrical Greetings”: Women, HIV, and the Evolution of an Intervention Project in Papua New Guinea. In Debra Bergoffen, Paula Ruth Gilbert, Tamara Harvey, and Connie L. McNeely (eds.), Confronting Global Gender Justice: Women’s Lives, Human Rights, pp.143-157. New York: Routledge.

2010   Jennifer Hirsch, Holly Wardlow, Daniel Smith, Shanti Parikh, Harriet Phinney, and Constance Nathanson.The Secret: Love, Marriage, and HIV. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press.

2009    Labour Migration and HIV Risk in Papua New Guinea. In Mary Haour-Knipe, Peter Aggleton, and Felicity Thomas (eds.), Mobility, Sexuality and AIDS, pp. 176-186. New York: Routledge.

2008  “You have to understand: some of us are glad AIDS has arrived”: Chirstianity and Condoms among the Huli of Papua New Guinea.” In Leslie Butt and Richard Eves (eds.), Making Sense of AIDS: Culture, Sexuality and Power in Melanesia. University of Hawaii Press.

2008   “She liked it best when she was on top”: Intimacies and Estrangments in Huli Men’s Marital and Extramarital Relationships.” In William Jankowiak (ed.), Intimacies: Love and Sex across Cultures, pp. 194-223. Columbia University Press.

2007   “Men’s Extramarital Sexuality in Rural Papua New Guinea.American Journal of Public Health 97(6): 1006-1014.

2006   Wayward Women: Sexuality and Agency in a New Guinea Society. Berkeley: University of California Press

2006   Modern Loves: The Anthropology of Romantic Courtship and Companionate Marriage. Jennifer S. Hirsch and Holly Warlow (eds.) Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Graduate Students

Anna-Louise Crago

Veronica Grigio

Hannah Quinn

Sarah Williams