Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Janina Kehr

Professor of Medical Anthropology and Global Health

Contact Details

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Universitätsstraße 7 (NIG), A-1010 Vienna
Room: B0418

T: +43 1 42 77 49529
E-Mail: janina.kehr@univie.ac.at

Office Hours

Wednesdays, 1:30pm-2:30pm
or on an agreed date
after previous registration via e-mail to miriam.schwaiger@univie.ac.at

Office hours are currently held either in-person (following the physical distancing and face covering guidelines) or online per Zoom. 


Current Courses: u:find

Research Focus Areas

  • Political anthropology of health and illness
  • Global infectious diseases, biopolitics and planetary health
  • Hospital spaces and places
  • Healthcare and the economy
  • Biomedicalization, pharmaceutical consumption and the environment

Short Biography

Janina Kehr is Professor of Medical Anthropology and Global Health at the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna. She studied ethnology and political science at the University of Göttingen and the University of California Santa Cruz. In 2012 she did her doctorate with a co-tutelle de thèse at the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales Paris and the Humboldt University Berlin. Between 2011 and 2017 she was assistant and senior assistant in the interdisciplinary context of medical humanities at the chair for medical history at the University of Zurich. Before she came to Vienna, she researched and taught between 2017 and 2020 as an SNSF Ambizione Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Anthropology at the University of Bern.

She works and publishes on time politics, moral economics and the environmental impact of biomedicine and public health. She is currently working on a book on Medicine in Times of Austerity in Spain, which will focus on public health infrastructures and care practices at the intersection of debt economies, government bureaucracy and everyday experiences.

"In a globalized world where people and pathogens are deeply entangled, medicine and care are central aspects of everyday life, whose challenges for individuals and societies I investigate in their wider relations to politics, the economy and the environment."

Associated researchers

Selected Publications

Find the full list of Janina Kehr's publications in u:cris