Rapid Response

Spawned in mid-2020, amid the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests and the Covid-19 pandemic, Rapid Response publishes essays that relate to rapidly evolving experiences.

Latest Posts


Women Vanish, Again.

Claire L. Wendland

November 22, 2022

Medical anthropologists attend to how power inequities predispose particular people’s bodies to harm, and render particular people’s interests irrelevant to dominant social institutions. In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision, we can expose the processes that have made pregnant women vulnerable, irrelevant,… (Continue Reading)

Blog Series: Reproductive Justice in the US


CAR Statement on the Reversal of Roe v. Wade

August 28, 2022

Eliza Williamson, Brenna McCaffrey, Ashish Premkumar, Joanna Mishtal, Megan Cogburn, Becca Howes-Mischel, and Lucy Lowe  Anthropologist Joanna Mishtal at the March for Abortion Access at City Hall on Oct. 2, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. Photo credit: Joanna Mishtal Introduction “Restricting access to safe and legal abortion forces pregnancy-capable people to make the difficult… (Continue Reading)

Blog Series: Reproductive Justice in the US


Beyond the Market Monopoly: How Patents Act

Zahra Hayat

July 21, 2021

As the covid-19 pandemic highlights the fault lines between rich and poor countries, one set of debates has crystallized around the question of access to vaccines. Countries in the global North, including the U.S., U.K., and Canada have surpluses; countries in the global South do not have nearly enough. For… (Continue Reading)

Blog Series: COVID-19 Responses


Pfizer and the Sovereign: Cuba’s COVID19 vaccine offers an interesting counterpoint to the Pfizer roll-out in the US.

Naomi Schoenfeld

December 21, 2020

As 2020 draws to a close, the COVID19 pandemic rages on, yet, undoubtedly, we have entered a distinct phase as a number of countries now begin or plan for mass distribution and administration of newly developed vaccines. As of this writing, there are six approved vaccines and over 50 candidates… (Continue Reading)

Blog Series: COVID-19 Responses


On border crossings: COVID-19 as a test to global health’s architecture

Fiona Gedeon Achi

November 12, 2020

As we hear about how the world – especially Europe – is currently experiencing the “second wave” of the coronavirus pandemic, many countries are enacting new lockdowns as well as border closures and restrictions. Public announcements exhort travelers to carefully follow local restrictions, including to submit themselves to thorough quarantine… (Continue Reading)

Blog Series: COVID-19 Responses


Syllabus: A History of Anti-Black Racism in Medicine

Antoine S. Johnson, Ayah Nuriddin, and Elise A. Mitchell

September 16, 2020

Syllabus: A History of Anti-Black Racism in Medicine The ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is revealing longstanding American health and healthcare disparities yet to be addressed. While some have described COVID as a “great equalizer,” policing, public health, medical care, and public funds are revealing otherwise. COVID-19’s impact on Black people in general… (Continue Reading)

Blog Series: Black Lives Matter