Andrew Kim [Research Fellow]


Andrew Wooyoung Kim, MA, is a biological and medical anthropologist. Andy is currently a PhD candidate in biological anthropology at Northwestern University and Honorary Associate Researcher at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is currently based at the HE2RO as a Fogarty Global Health Fellow with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and National Institutes of Health. Integrating biological, epidemiological, and anthropological approaches, Andy’s research aims to understand how social oppression becomes embodied and produces health inequities across the lifecourse and intergenerationally in historically marginalized communities. In conjunction with the Wits/SAMRC Developmental Pathways for Health Research Unit (DPHRU), his current research examines the intergenerational mental health effects of prenatal stress and trauma exposure from apartheid and the underlying neuroendocrine and inflammatory mechanisms in a 30-year multigenerational birth cohort study in Soweto. These data on the lifecourse impacts of early life conditions are compared alongside identical research conducted in a longitudinal birth cohort study based in Cebu, Philippines in order to learn more about the developmental origins of health and disease. His other work includes an epidemiological and qualitative analysis of syndemics in Soweto, the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Johannesburg, program evaluation research with the South African Depression and Anxiety Group, and a long-term ethnography on generational trauma and mental illness in the post-apartheid context. This research is currently supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation.