Aalyia Sadruddin

Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs, Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs, 2020-2021, Assistant Professor of Cultural Medical Anthropology, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Areas of Expertise Children & Families, Ethnic Conflict & Civil War, Gender, Global Health, Immigration, Displacement & Borders, Political Economy


Aalyia Sadruddin is an assistant professor of cultural and medical anthropology at UNC-Chapel Hill. She received her BA in Anthropology, Sociology, and Political Science from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in 2011, and her PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology from Yale University in 2020. Sadruddin does research in Rwanda focusing on various topics including, demographic change, cultures of care, kinship configurations, and medical technologies.


Sadruddin, Aalyia, Liliana A. Pontuga, Anna L. Zonderman, Kyle S. Wiley, and Catherine Panter-Brick. 2019. “How do Grandparents Influence Child Health and Development? A Systematic Review.” Social Science & Medicine 239: 1-33. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.112476

“The Care of ‘Small Things’: Aging and Dignity in Rwanda.” 2020. Special Issue on “Aging, Care, and Chronicity,” Narelle Warren and Dikaios Sakellariou, eds. Medical Anthropology: Cross-Cultural Studies in Health and Illness 39 (1): 83-95. https://doi.org/10.1080/01459740.2019.1643852

Sadruddin, Aalyia and Marcia C. Inhorn. 2020. “Aging, Vulnerability and Questions of Care in the Time of COVID-19.” (editor reviewed). Anthropology Now 12 (1): 17-23. https://doi.org/10.1080/19428200.2020.1760633

“Death in an Ordinary Time: Reflections from Rwanda.” 2022. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 36 (2): 198-216. https://doi.org/10.1111/maq.12704
*Winner of the Charles Hughes Paper Prize, Society for Medical Anthropology (2020); Honorable Mention for the Bennetta Jules-Rosette Graduate Essay Award, Association for Africanist Anthropology (2020); Winner of the Doctoral Student Paper Award, Dying and Bereavement Special Interest Group, Society for Medical Anthropology (2019)


Animals and War

Anthropology of Care

Life and Violence

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