Marlee Tichenor

Cite as:

Okune, Angela. 2018. "Marlee Tichenor." In STS in "Africa" Personal Careers. In STS in "Africa" in Formation, created by Angela Okune and Aadita Chaudhury. In STS Across Borders Digital Exhibit, edited by Aalok Khandekar and Kim Fortun. Society for Social Studies of Science. August.


Marlee Tichenor is a medical anthropologist interested in the politics of evidence and data in global health policy and intervention. For her PhD at the University of California Berkeley and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), she conducted a multi-sited ethnographic study of pharmaceutical interventions, antimalarial resistance research, and community-based approaches to the fight against malaria in Senegal. Her dissertation received the UCSF Forsythe Dissertation Award for Social Studies of Science, Technology & Health. As a postdoctoral research fellow with the Global Health Governance Programme at the Usher Institute, she investigates the development of metrics at the World Bank for measuring success in global health projects, along with their impact on health policy and our conceptions of health and illness. 

This PECE essay helps to answer the STS Across Borders analytic question: “What people, projects, and products exemplify how this STS formation has developed over time?”

This essay highlights prominant and upcoming individuals working on critical science and technology issues in Africa and is part of a broader exhibit on "STS in Africa."

STS Across Borders In Brief

STS Across Borders is a special exhibit organized by the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) to showcase how the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) has developed in different times, places...Read more

Tichenor, Marlee. 2017. “Data Performativity, Performing Health Work: Malaria and Labor in Senegal.” Medical Anthropology 36 (5): 436–48.

AO: In this 2017 paper by Marlee Tichenor, she uses the concept of data performativity to examine the ways that the data production incorporated into the local fight against malaria in Senegal is conditioned by preconceived ideas of the public health problem of malaria and how these ways to...Read more