I am a medical anthropologist with interdisciplinary training in cultural anthropology, epidemiology, and clinical research. I earned my Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology and a concurrent MPH in epidemiology at the University of Washington. I also hold an M.A. in sociology from Central European University and a BA in anthropology from Reed College.
My research explores lived experiences of substance use and the impacts of drug policy on the health and wellness of people who use drugs. I have written an award winning book exploring the experience of people in Ukraine who seek treatment for opioid use disorder internationally-funded methadone clinics as well as the role of those clinics in Ukraine’s geopolitical conflict and ongoing war with Russia. Through my ethnographic research in the United States, I was one of the first researchers to systematically document the perspectives of people who use drugs on fentanyl contamination in the U.S. drug supply, providing new evidence that fentanyl is a supply-side (not demand driven) phenomenon. My current research explores the impact of punitive civil and criminal responses to substance use on overdose risk and community health in the United States and the changing risk environment faced by people who use drugs during COVID-19 in the Russian Federation.
Narkomania: Drugs, HIV, and Citizenship in Ukraine. Cornell University Press. 2019/ *Winner of the AWSS Heldt Prize for best book written by a woman in any area of Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian studies.
Federal Guidelines and Recommendations
2022 Jennifer J. Carroll, Alice Asher, Vikram Krishnasamy, Deborah Dowell. “Every Door is the Right Door: Linkage to Care for Individuals Living with Opioid Use Disorder.” National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/pdf/pubs/Linkage-to-Care_Edited-PDF_508-3-15-2022.pdf
Jennifer J. Carroll, Traci C. Green, Rita K. Noonan. “Evidence-Based Strategies for Preventing Opioid Overdose: What’s Working in the United States.” National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2018. http://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/pdf/pubs/2018-evidence-based-strategies.pdf
Select Research Articles
1. 2022 Jennifer J. Carroll, Sarah Mackin, Clare Schmidt, Michelle McKenzie, Traci C. Green. “The Bronze Age of Drug Checking: Barriers and Facilitators to Implementing Advanced Drug Checking Amidst Police Violence and COVID-19.” Harm Reduction Journal 19(9). https://harmreductionjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12954-022-00590-z
2. 2021 Jennifer J. Carroll, Bayla Ostrach, Loftin Wilson, Jesse Lee Dunlap, Reid Getty, Jesse Bennett. “Drug-Induced Homicide Laws May Worsen Opioid Related Harms: An Example from Rural North Carolina.” International Journal of Drug Policy, 97:103406 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S095539592100311X
3. 2021 Jennifer J. Carroll. “Auras of Detection: Technology, Phenomenology, and Authority in the War on Drugs.” Contemporary Drug Problems 48(4): 327-345. https://journals.sagepub.com/eprint/ZE6XRHHFY9KMZTGPUU6V/full
4. Jennifer J. Carroll, Cameron Mullins, Georgia Burnham-Lemaire, Hannah Korycinski, Hannaleigh Pierce, Mackenzie Martinez, Taleed El-Sabawi. “Student Perceptions of a University Medical Amnesty Policy are Impacted by Race and Racism: A Qualitative Study.” Substance Use and Misuse 56(2): 185-191. 2021.
5. Jennifer. J. Carroll, Marlene C. Lira, Karsten Lunze, Jonathan Colasanti, Jeffery Samet, Carlos del Rio. “Painful Subjects: Treating Chronic Pain among People Living with HIV in the Age of Opioid Risk.” Medical Anthropology Quarterly. 2021.
6. Jennifer J. Carroll, Sasha Mital, Jessica Wolff, Rita K. Noonan, Pedro Martinez, Melissa C. Podolsky, John C. Killorin, Traci C, Green. “Knowledge, Preparedness, and Compassion Fatigue among Officers who Respond to Opioid Overdose.” Drug & Alcohol Dependence: 217: 108275. 2020.
7. Sasha Mital, Jessica Wolff, Jennifer J. Carroll. “The Relationship Between Incarceration History and Overdose in North America: A Scoping Review of the Evidence.” Drug & Alcohol Dependence: 213: 108088. 2020.
8. Jennifer J. Carroll, Josiah D. Rich, Traci C. Green. “The Protective Effect of Trusted Dealers Against Opioid Overdose in the U.S.” International Journal of Drug Policy, 78:102065. 2020.
9. Jennifer J. Carroll. “Sovereign Rules and Rearrangements: Banning Methadone in Occupied Crimea” Medical Anthropology. 38(6): 508-522. 2019. *Winner of the 2019 American Association for Ukrainian Studies Article Prize *Winner of the 2019 Rudolf Virchow Award for Best Article.
10. Jennifer J. Carroll, Josiah D. Rich, and Traci C. Green. “The More Things Change: Buprenorphine/naloxone Diversion Continues While Treatment Remains Unavailable.” Journal of Addiction Medicine. 12(6): 459-465. 2018.
11. Jennifer J. Carroll, Brandon D. L. Marshall, Josiah D. Rich, and Traci C. Green. “Exposure to fentanyl-contaminated heroin and overdose risk among illicit opioid users in Rhode Island: A mixed methods study.” International Journal of Drug Policy. 46: 136-145. 2017.
12. Jennifer J. Carroll. “For Lack of Wanting: Discourses of Desire in Ukrainian Opiate Substitution Therapy Programs.” Transcultural Psychiatry 53(2): 198-216. 2016. *Winner of the 2016 American Association for Ukrainian Studies Article Prize.
Honors and Awards
2020 Winner, Barbara Heldt Prize for best book written by a woman in any area of Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian studies, awarded by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies.
2020 Fellow, Drug Policy Research Incubator on How People Procure and Use Drugs, directed by the Drug Policy Alliance.
2019 Critical Anthropology of Global Health (Special Interest Group of the Society for Medical Anthropology) Rudolf Virchow Award, Professional Category, for Best Article.
2019 Periclean Faculty Leadership Award, supported by Project Pericles to develop novel undergraduate courses that promote civic engagement. $3,000 award directed towards the development of a course entitled “Citizenship in Crisis” and “(the) Local Matters” speaker series on substance use in Alamance County.
2019 American Association for Ukrainian Studies Prize for Best Peer-Reviewed Article Published in 2017 or 2018.
2018 American Society for Addiction Medicine’s Honorable Mention: Best Overall recognition for abstracts submitted to the 2018 ASAM Annual Meeting.
2017 American Public Health Association’s 2017 Editor’s Choice Award: Reviewer of the Year for academic contributions to the American Journal of Public Health.
2016 American Association for Ukrainian Studies Prize for Best Peer-Reviewed Article Published in 2014 or 2015.
2015 Society for the Anthropology of Europe (SAE; Section of the American Anthropological Association) Graduate Paper Prize.
2015 Joan Webber Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student in English Department Writing Programs. Awarded by the University of Washington Department of English.
2014 Science, Technology, and Medicine Group (STM; Section of the American Anthropological Association) Graduate Paper Prize.
2014 Finalist, K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award, awarded by the American Association of Colleges and Universities.
2014 Honorable Mention. American Anthropological Association 2014-2015 Photo Contest.
2011 AIDS and Anthropology Research Group (AARG; Section of the American Anthropological Association) Graduate Paper Prize.
2011 Honorable Mention, Alcohol Drug and Tobacco Research Group (ADTRG; Section of the American Anthropological Association) Graduate Paper Prize.
T32 Postdoctoral Fellow Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior The Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University 2017
T32 Postdoctoral Fellow Division of Infectious Diseases The Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University 2016
Ph.D. Anthropology University of Washington 2015
MPH Epidemiology University of Washington 2015
M.A. Anthropology University of Washington 2011
M.A. Sociology Central European University 2007
B.A. Anthropology Reed College 2003