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Darryl Stellmach BA'97 (ANTH), BA'98 (Art History)

Darryl Stellmach, BA'97, BA'98, MSC, DPhil


BA Anthropology 1997 (Calgary);
BA (with distinction) Art History 1998 (Calgary);
MSc Medical Anthropology (with distinction) 2010 (Oxford);
DPhil Anthropology 2016 (Oxford)

Darryl was a field coordinator with the emergency medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for ten years before he returned to graduate studies, earning a masters and doctorate in anthropology from the University of Oxford.

As a Commonwealth Scholar, his 2016 doctoral thesis undertook a multi-sited ethnography of humanitarian emergency. Darryl’s fieldwork followed MSF’s response to the South Sudan conflict, as it developed in real time. The project moved from headquarters in Amsterdam and South Sudan’s capital of Juba, to field sites in government- and opposition-controlled areas. The thesis won the Royal Anthropological Institute’s 2015 Sutasoma Award for outstanding research merit.

Darryl is currently a post-doctoral associate in medical and nutritional anthropology at the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre, Marie Bashir Institute, and the School of Life and Environmental Sciences. He also works part-time with the London office of Médecins Sans Frontières, overseeing the integration of anthropologists into MSF’s field teams. In this role, he’s able to undertake anthropological and other qualitative research in direct support to MSF’s emergency programs.