College of Humanities & Social Sciences

WWU-Manchester Infectious Diseases and Equity Lab

Welcome to WWU-Manchester Infectious Diseases and Equity Lab!

Our lab collaborates with international researchers on various projects related to COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.

COVID-19 Project

Welcome to the COVID-19 Project! This interdisciplinary project examines people’s lived experiences of COVID-19. Specifically, we explore a wide range topics related to the Covid-19 pandemic, including culture-specific perceptions of COVID-19, the modification of cultural/religious practices, local compliance to public health guidelines, enforcement of government orders, bio-technology, health care and service, social solidarity, and social inequalities throughout the duration of the pandemic.  We are a collaborative team of university researchers with decades of combined experiences studying medical anthropology, medicine, and public health from multiple institutions, including Western Washington University (WWU), the University of Manchester, and the University College London. We are dedicated to advancing our understanding of the dramatic social changes ushered in by the pandemic against the backdrop of existing political, biological, technological, and historical contexts.

Meet the Team

Principle Investigators

Yeon Jung Yu, PhD
Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Western Washington University
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Jiho Cha, MD, PhD
Senior Lecturer in Humanitarian Studies, Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute at the University of Manchester, UK

Young Su Park, MD, PhD
ACLS Postdoctoral Fellow in Medical Humanities at Haverford College
Research Fellow at the University College London, UK