Alexander Roedlach, MA, PhD
Alexander Roedlach, MA, PhD

Alexander Roedlach, MA, PhD

Associate Professor
Director, Master of Medical Anthropology
College of Arts and Sciences

Expertise/Specializations

  • Medical Anthropology
  • Global Health
  • African Studies
  • Determinants of Health
  • Explanatory Models of Disease
  • Health Disparities
  • Religion and Health
  • Conspiracy Theories
  • Sorcery and Witchcraft

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Cultural and Social Studies

Position

  • Associate Professor

Secondary Appointment

  • School of Medicine

Biography

Alexander Roedlach, studied Philosophy and Catholic Theology at St. Gabriel's School of Theology, Austria, earning a MagTheol degree from St. Gabriel's and a Baccalaureatus Theologiae degree from the Urbaniana University in Rome, Italy. He received an MA in Anthropology from Catholic University of American, Washington DC, and a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Florida, Gainesville FL. At the latter he also earned a graduate certificate in African Studies. A more complete listing of scholarship, teaching, and research interests can be found on his Homepage and his CV.

Publications and Presentations

Books

  • Child-Witches and the AIDS Epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa. Hexenkinder – Kinderbanden – Strassenkinder [Child-witches – Gangs of Children – Street Children].Wolfgang Behringer and Claudia Opitz-Belakhal (eds.)., 447-467, 2015
  • Rödlach, A. Apocalypse Now - Interpretations of HIV/AIDS in an Urban Township in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Cosmologies of Suffering: Post-communist Transformation, Sacral Communication, and Healing., 206-229, 2012

Articles

  • Andrew Nelson, Alexander Rödlach, and Roos Willems: The Crux of Refugee Resettlement: Rebuilding Social Networks., Lexington Press, 2019
  • Nelson, A., Rödlach, A. and Willems R., eds. (2019). Introduction. In The Crux of Refugee Resettlement: Rebuilding Social Networks. Pp. xi-xxxiv. Lanham: Lexington Books., Lexington Books: A Division of Rowman and Littlefield, 2019
  • Religion as Social Capital for Resettled Refugees – Karenni Catholics in Omaha, United States., Journal of Religion and Society, Supplement 16, 1-21, 2018
  • Rödlach, Alexander Review of Modernizing Medicine in Zimbabwe: HIV/AIDS and Traditional Healers. David S. Simmons, Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2012, Medical anthropology quarterly, 28, b23-b25, 2014
  • Rödlach, Alexander Sins of Omission: Public Health and HIV/AIDS in Africa, African Studies Quarterly, 13, 81-87, 2013
  • Rödlach, Alexander Growing Up With HIV in Zimbabwe. One Day This Will All Be Over, Anthropos, 108, 349-351, 2013
  • Frank, Emily, Rödlach, Alexander To Disclose or Not to Disclose, That is the Question! Antiretroviral Therapy, Access to Resources and Stigma in Southern Africa, Journal of Southern African Studies, 39, 119-133, 2013
  • Rodlach, A. Medical Interpreting for Burmese and Bhutanese Refugees in Omaha: Transforming Clinical and Community space, Anthropology News, 54, 53-54, 2013
  • Rödlach, Alexander Faith Community Nursing: An Emerging Ministry of Health and Healing Within the Church, Verbum, 54 (2), 139-165, 2013
  • Rödlach, Alexander, Dlodlo, Riitta, Hwalima, Zanele Perceptions of HIV, AIDS, and Tuberculosis among Patients on Antiretroviral Therapy in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe: Implications for the Provision of HIV and TB Care, African Journal for AIDS Research, 11, 99-112, 2012
  • Rödlach, Alexander, Dlodlo, Riitta A., Hwalima, Zanele E. Perceptions of HIV, AIDS and tuberculosis among patients on antiretroviral therapy in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe: implications for the provision of HIV and TB care services, Ajar-African Journal of Aids Research, 11, 99-112, 2012
  • Marcos, Luis, Rosales, Renzo, Rödlach, Alexander, Stone, John Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim and University Researchers: Partnering in Community Health Development, Practicing Anthropology, 34, 37-40, 2012
  • Rödlach, Alexander Religious Institutions and Volunteering to Provide Care to People Living with HIV and AIDS in Zimbabwe., Journal of Religion & Society, 198-215, 2011
  • Rödlach, Alexander. AIDS is in the Food: Zimbabweans. Associations Between Nutrition and HIV/AIDS and Their Potential for Addressing Food Insecurity and HIV/AIDS. HIV/AIDS and Food Insecurity in Sub-Saharan Africa: Challenges and Solutions., Annals of Anthropological Practice, 35, 219-238, 2011
  • Brenton, B. P., Mazzeo, J., Rödlach, A. Introduction. HIV/AIDS and Food Insecurity in Sub-Saharan Africa: Challenges and Solutions., Annals of Anthropological Practice, 35, 1-7, 2011
  • Rödlach, Alexander Reflections of a Missionary-Anthropologist on the Response of the Society of the Divine Word to HIV/AIDS., Verbum, 52, 287-305, 2011
  • Dilly, B., Rödlach, A. Introduction [Religion, Health, and Healing: An Interdisciplinary Inquiry], Journal of Religion & Society, 1-4, 2011
  • Rödlach, A. Maya Languages, Health, and Ethics: Issues in Health Needs Assessment Study in Omaha. Omaha Center for Health Policy and Ethics, Focus, 2011
  • Rödlach, Alexander Making Sense of AIDS: Culture, Sexuality, and Power in Melanesia, American Ethnologist, 37, 193-194, 2010
  • Rödlach, Alexander Popular Images of the AIDS Epidemic, African Arts, 43, 54-67, 2010
  • Rödlach, Alexander Home-Based Care for People Living with AIDS in Zimbabwe: Voluntary Caregivers' Concerns and Motivations, African Journal for AIDS Research, 8, 423-432, 2009
  • Rödlach, Alexander, Turkon, David Preface: interdisciplinarity and collaboration in responding to HIV and AIDS in Africa: Anthropological perspectives, African Journal for AIDS Research, 8, 378, 2009
  • Rödlach, Alexander w. G. M. Introduction - Understanding and Responding to HIV/AIDS on the African Continent, Practicing Anthropology, 30, 2-3, 2008
  • Rödlach, A. HIV/AIDS Prevention in Zimbabwe - Local Views and Adaptations, Practicing Anthropology, 30, 17-20, 2008
  • Rödlach, A. Kulturelle Identitat: Zwischen Beharren und Wandel, Akademie Volker und Kulturen, 29, 206-229, 2007
  • Rödlach, A. Gemeinnutzige Gesellschaften und die Entwicklung von Konspirationstheorien in de Dritten Welt, GGRG, 1, 24-35, 2007
  • Rödlach, A. Condom Beliefs in Zimbabwe, AIDS and Anthropology Bulletin, 17, 3-5, 2005
  • L. Heinemann, C. Herzog, M. Minnich, C. Mitchell, L. Nasir, A. Roedlach, C. Desai and M. Kim: The Competing and Shifting Relevance of Social Capital in Successful Refugee Resettlement, Lexington Press, The Crux of Refugee Resettlement: Rebuilding Social Networks
  • Nelson, A., Rödlach, A., and Willems R. (in preparation). The Crux of Refugee Resettlement: Rebuilding Social Networks
  • Refugee Health and Religion – Karenni Catholics in Omaha,
    United States., Migration Letters

Editing and Reviews

  • Rödlach, A. Child-Witches and the AIDS Epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa, 447-467, 2015
  • Rödlach, Alexander Review of Simmons, David's "Modernizing Medicine in Zimbabwe: HIV/AIDS and Traditional Healers, Medical anthropology quarterly, 28 (3), B23-B25, 2014
  • Rödlach, Alexander Review of Homes, Seth's "Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States", Anthropos, 109 (2), 699-700, 2014
  • Rödlach, Alexander Review of Parsons, Ross' "Growing Up with HIV in Zimbabwe: One Day This Will All Be Over", Anthropos, 108 (1), 349-351, 2013
  • Rödlach, Alexander Morality, Hope and Grief. Anthropologies of AIDS in Africa. Epistemologies of Healing Series, Anthropos, 106, 654-656, 2011
  • Rödlach, Alexander Review of Dilger, Hansjorg and Ute Luig's "Morality, Hope and Grief- Anthropologies of AIDS in Africa", Anthropos, 106 (2), 654-656, 2011
  • Rödlach, Alexander Review of Patricia Whelehan's "The Anthropology of AIDS. A Global Perspective", Anthropos, 105 (2), 693-694, 2010
  • Rödlach, Alexander Review of Leslie Butt and Richard Eves's "Making Sense of AIDS. Culture, Sexuality, and Power in Melanesia, American Ethnologist, 37 (1), 193-194, 2010
  • Rödlach, Alexander Heterosexual Africa? The History of an Idea from the Age of Exploration to the Age of AIDS, Medical anthropology quarterly, 23, 185-187, 2009

Presentations

  • Culture, Clinical Care, and Intercultural Competence (Diabetes Conference, Health Center Association of Nebraska, August)., 2018
  • Cultural Versus Intercultural Competence (Seminar at the Psychology Department at Karoli Gaspar University, Budapest, Hungary, J
    une)., 2018
  • Religion as Social Capital for Resettled Refugees: The Case of Karenni Catholics in Omaha, Nebraska (Society for Applied Anthropology, Philadelphia)., 2018
  • Intercultural Competence and Medical Student Education: Longitudinal
    Programming and a Proposed Method to Assess Outcomes. Presented together with Allison Lai (main author), Zachary Meyer, Daniel Munley, Therese Townley, and Jocelyn Wu (Consortium of Universities for Global Health Conference, New York)., 2018
  • The Human Face of HIV/AIDS: Medical Anthropology Research and Engagement with Individuals and Communities (Creighton University’s MHSSA HIV Awareness Week, February),, 2017
  • Refugees, Religion and Resettlement – The Case of the Karenni Catholics in
    Omaha (Kripke Center Symposium – Religion in Global Context, Omaha)., 2017
  • Culture, Clinical Care, and Intercultural Competence (University of Nebraska
    Medical Center – Monroe Meyer Institute – January)., 2017
  • The Intercultural Development Inventory as a Cultural Competency and Sensitivity Measure for Medical Students Opting into a Local and Global Service Learning Organization. Presented together with Alison Lai, Joslyn Wu, Daniel Munley, Theresa Townley, and Zacharias Meyer (Global Health Conference Midwest)., 2017
  • Antriretroviral Treatment in Zimbabwe and the Rise of the Female Sor
    cerer (American Anthropological Association, Minneapolis).
     , 2016
  • The Intercultural Development Inventory as a Cultural Competency and Sensitivity Measure for Medical Students Opting into a Global Service Learning Program. Presented together with Wu, J., Lai, A. and Townley, T. (Global Health Conference Midwest)., 2016
  • Faith Community Nurses – Skillfully Navigating Health Care Policies and Church Doctrines (Society for Applied Anthropology, Vancouver).
     , 2016
  • The Intercultural Development Inventory as a Cultural Competency and Sensitivity Measure for Medical Students Opting into a Global Service Learning Program, 2016
  • Between God and Mammon: Faith Community Nurses’ Religious Calling to Care within the Context of Profit-Driven Health Care, 2015
  • The Competing and Shifting Relevance of Social Capitals in Successful Refugee Resettlement. Presented with Laura Heinemann, Claire Herzog, Margo Minnich, Celeste Mitchell, Laeth Nasir, Joseph Vorhees, Chaitri Desai and Melanie Kim, 2015
  • Between God and Mammon: Faith Community Nurses' Religious Calling to Care within the Context of Profit-Driven Health Care, 2015
  • The Competing and Shifting Relevance of Social Capitals in Successful Refugee Resettlement., 2015
  • Developing an Impact Measurement Tool: Clients' Perceptions of Faith Community Nursing's Impact on Their Health, 2015
  • Refugees and Social Capital as a Human Right, 2014
  • Collaboration between Paid and Volunteered Professional Caregiving: The Example of Faith Community Nursing, 2013
  • Parish Nursing Podcast, 2013
  • Medical Anthropology and Missionary Priesthood Podcast, 2013
  • Communities and Communication: Health Care for Bhutanese and Burmese Refugees in Omaha, 2012
  • Social Workers, Refugee Resettlement, and the Economic Crisis, 2012
  • Co-Presentation with Barbara Dilly -- Religion, Health, and Healing: An Interdisciplinary, 2011
  • Community-Based Care for People Living with HIV and AIDS: Motivations of Voluntary Caregivers in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, 2011
  • A Few Lessons Learned from Preparing for Participatory Health Research with the Mayan Community in Omaha, 2011
  • Hiding an HIV-Infection---Zimbabweans' fears of People Living with HIV and AIDS on Antiretroviral Treatment Podcast, 2010
  • Religious Institutions and Volunteering to Provide Patient Care-The Example of HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe, 2010

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Health-Religion-Volunteering, Faith Community Nursing, Healthcare in the Community, Refugee and Migrant Health

Current Research Projects

  • I am working on a book manuscript, based on a full-time, mixed methods study of faith community nursing’s impact on the health of clients and this specialty nursing’s potential to cut health care costs
    through providing health education and preventive health care.

    I am developing a research project on resettled refugees’ use and adaptation of cultural practices, positively affecting their health
    and wellbeing.

    I am part of Dr. Jozef Welie’s (Principal Investigator) exploratory research on personalized medicine. He and his research partners in the United States and Europe, including me, are currently in the process of identifying a specific research topic in this broad area.

Grant Funding Received

  • Dr. George F. Haddix Presidents Faculty Research Award
  • Society of the Divine Word Research Grant
  • Summer Faculty Fellowship Research Grant
  • Co-PI with Dr. Laeth Nasir in the School of Medicine, Dr. George F. Haddix President's Faculty Research Award
  • CHI Health Grant