Barbara Rylko-Bauer

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology


Curriculum vitae

Research Interests

    Medical anthropology
    Applied anthropology
    Health care inequalities
    Political violence
    Narrative analysis
    Intimate ethnography

Biographical Info

Barbara Rylko-Bauer is a medical anthropologist whose writing focuses on health care inequalities, applied anthropology, political violence, the Holocaust, and intimate ethnography. She was Book Review Editor for Medical Anthropology Quarterly and currently serves as a member of the Society for Applied Anthropology's Oral History Committee. She has authored numerous chapters and articles. Her most recent books are Global Health in Times of Violence (SAR Press, 2009) and A Polish Doctor in the Nazi Camps (University of Oklahoma Press, 2014).


Singer, Merrill, and Barbara Rylko-Bauer. 2022. Syndemics and Structural Violence. In The SAGE Handbook of Social Studies in Health and Medicine, 2ndedition, edited by Susan C. Scrimshaw, Sandra Lane, Robert Rubinstein and Julian Fisher. Sage.
Singer, Merrill, and Barbara Rylko-Bauer. 2021.The Syndemics and Structural Violence of the COVID Pandemic: Anthropological Insights on a Crisis. Open Anthropological Research1:7-32.
Rylko-Bauer, Barbara. 2019. Applying Anthropology at the Intersections of Food Production, Health, and the Environment: An Interview with Susan Andreatta for the SfAA Oral History Project. Society for Applied Anthropology News, 30(3).
Rylko-Bauer, Barbara. 2017. The Intersections of Environment, Health, and Human Rights: An Interview with Barbara Rose Johnston for the SfAA Oral History Project. Society for Applied Anthropology News28(4).
Rylko-Bauer, Barbara. 2017. On the Evolution of an Applied Anthropologist and Healer: An Interview with Paul Farmer for the SfAA Oral History Project. Society for Applied Anthropology News28(2).
Rylko-Bauer, Barbara and Paul Farmer. 2016. Structural Violence, Poverty, and Social Suffering.In The Oxford Handbook of the Social Science of Poverty, edited by David Brady and Linda Burton. Oxford University Press.
Rylko-Bauer, Barbara. 2014. A Polish Doctor in the Nazi Camps: My Mother’s Memories of Imprisonment, Immigration, and a Life Remade. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press.
Rylko-Bauer, Barbara. 2013. Looking Back on Fieldwork, Collaborations, and Applied Anthropology: An Interview with Linda M. Whiteford for the Society for Applied Anthropology Oral History Project. SfAA News 1 November.
Semansky, Rafael, Cathleen Willging, David J. Ley, and Barbara Rylko-Bauer. 2012. Lost in the Rush to National Reform: Recommendations to Improve Impact on Behavioral Health Providers in Rural Areas. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 23(2012):842-856.
Rylko-Bauer, Barbara and Merrill Singer. 2011. Political Violence, War, and Medical Anthropology. In A Companion to Medical Anthropology, edited by Merrill Singer and Pamela I. Erickson. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
Miria Kano, Cathleen Willging, and Barbara Rylko-Bauer. 2009. Community Participation in New Mexico’s Behavioral Health Care Reform. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 23(3):277-297.
Rylko-Bauer, Barbara, Linda M. Whiteford, and Paul Farmer, eds. 2009. Global Health in Times of Violence. Santa Fe, NM: School of Advanced Research Press.
Rylko-Bauer, Barbara. 2009. Medicine in the Political Economy of Brutality: Reflections from the Holocaust and Beyond. In Global Health in Times of Violence, edited by Barbara Rylko-Bauer, Linda Whiteford, and Paul Farmer. Santa Fe, NM: School of Advanced Research Press.
Waterston, Alisse and Barbara Rylko-Bauer. 2006. Out of the Shadows of History and Memory: Personal Family Narratives in Ethnographies of Rediscovery. American Ethnologist 33(3):397-412.
Rylko-Bauer, Barbara, Merrill Singer, and John van Willigen. 2006. Reclaiming Applied Anthropology: Its Past, Present, and Future. American Anthropologist 108(1):178-190.
Rylko-Bauer, Barbara. 2005. Introduction: Bringing the Past into the Present: Family Narratives of Holocaust, Exile, and Diaspora. Anthropological Quarterly 78(1):7-10.
Rylko-Bauer, Barbara. 2005. Lessons About Humanity and Survival from My Mother and from the Holocaust. Anthropological Quarterly 78(1):11-41.
Rylko-Bauer, Barbara, and Paul Farmer. 2002. Managed Care or Managed Inequality? A Call for Critiques of Market-Based Medicine.   Medical Anthropology Quarterly 16(4):476-502.
Dept. of Anthropology