John M. Janzen

John M. Janzen
  • Professor Emeritus
  • Sociocultural Anthropology


John M. Janzen researches and writes on the socio-cultural dimensions of African health and healing, and theoretical issues in medical anthropology. He has studied healing traditions in Africa, their characteristics and interactions between them. In projects and works-mainly in Central Africa-- he has explored the construction of healing narratives and institutions. Currently he works with other scholars on postwar trauma healing in African conflicts and on therapies and restorative social arrangements within African diaspora communities in the United States. He directs the Center's project on Identity, Voice, and Community: New African Immigrants in Kansas sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council. Since 1998 he has directed of the Kansas African Studies Center at the University of Kansas.



Research Areas: medical anthropology, semiotics, violence, trauma and healing, Central Africa, Euro-American Mennonites

Images from Recent Research


Courses Recently Taught

  • Introduction to Medical Anthropology
  • The Peoples of Africa