Faculty Mentors

J. Bryan Page, PhD

Department of Anthropology & Director, International Studies Program
University of Miami

Research on people who engage in socially disapproved behaviors has dominated his professional activity for more than four decades (since 1973). He has studied patterns of marijuana smoking, poly-drug consumption, self-injection, crack use, and sex trade.  These studies have relied on a number of methods, including direct observation of risky behaviors, in-depth interviewing of drug users, qualitative analysis of textual materials, focus groups, survey methods, secondary data analysis, results of physical examinations, and laboratory techniques for determining immune status, viral load, and/or recent drug consumption. Dr. Page recently co-authored two books with Merrill Singer, one entitled Comprehending Drug Use: Ethnographic Research at the Social Margins, and the other entitled The social Value of Drug Addicts: Uses of the Useless.   He has conducted studies funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute of Mental Health.  Dr. Page’s publications often address questions of community setting and approaches to finding specific populations in those settings.  His work has consistently emphasized the value of on-the-scene perspectives in the study of human behaviors in the margins of society

Selected Publications:
Page, J. B., & Singer, M. (2016). Anthropological Study of Drug Use: Methodological and Theoretical Considerations. The SAGE Handbook of Drug & Alcohol Studies: Social Science Approaches, 69.

Baum, M. K., Campa, A., Page, J. B., Lai, S., Tsalaile, L., Martinez, S. S., … & Bussmann, H. (2015). Recruitment, Follow-Up and Characteristics of HIV Infected Adults who Use Illicit Drugs in Southern Africa. Journal of Drug Abuse1(1).

Page, J.B. & Singer, M. (2010). Comprehending Drug Use: Ethnographic Research at the Social Margins. Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.