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Alexander Roedlach, MA, PhD

Chair, Department of Cultural and Social Studies

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Alexander Roedlach

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College of Arts and Sciences
Medical Humanities
Cultural & Social Studies
African Studies
Global Health Equity Minor
Medical Anthropology
Health Administration and Policy
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Alexander Roedlach, MA, PhD

Chair, Department of Cultural and Social Studies

Professor


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.

Teaching Interests

  • Medical Anthropology

Research Focus

Health-Religion-Volunteering, Faith Community Nursing, Healthcare in the Community, Refugee and Migrant Health, Needs Assessment, Program Evaluation

Department

Cultural and Social Studies

Position

Professor

Books

  • Rödlach, Alexander with Hsaw Reh and Hugh Truempi. Medical Anthropology and Mission – Health, Wellbeing, and Pastoral Ministry among Resettled Karenni Refugees in Omaha. In Giants’ Footprints. 90th Anniversary of Anthropos Institute. Stanisław Grodź, S.M. Michael, Roger Schroeder (eds.). Baden-Baden: Academia Verlag., p. 207-222 2021
  • Book
    Transforming Lives: Health Initiatives in Faith Communities
    1, p. 200 2020
  • 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.)., p. 447-467 2015
  • Cosmologies of Suffering: Post-communist Transformation, Sacral Communication, and Healing.
    Rödlach, A. Apocalypse Now - Interpretations of HIV/AIDS in an Urban Township in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, p. 206-229 2012

Articles

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

Publications

  • Anthropos
    Obituary – Lucy M. Cohen.
    116, p. 425-427 2021

Editing and Reviews

  • Anthropos
    Review of Greifeld, Katarina, Wolfgang Krahl, Hans Jochen Diesfeld and Hannes Stubbe (2018). Grenzgänge zwischen Ethnologie, Medizin und Psychologie. Für Ekkehard Schröder zum 75. Geburtstag – Curare 41(3/4).
    115, p. 221-223 2020
  • Anthropos
    Review of Biruk, Crystal (2018). Cooking Data – Culture & Politics in an African Research World. Durham: Duke University Press.
    114, p. 231-232 2019
  • Rödlach, A. Child-Witches and the AIDS Epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa, p. 447-467 2015
  • Medical anthropology quarterly
    Rödlach, Alexander Review of Simmons, David's "Modernizing Medicine in Zimbabwe: HIV/AIDS and Traditional Healers
    28 (3), p. B23-B25 2014
  • Anthropos
    Rödlach, Alexander Review of Homes, Seth's "Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States"
    109 (2), p. 699-700 2014
  • Anthropos
    Rödlach, Alexander Review of Parsons, Ross' "Growing Up with HIV in Zimbabwe: One Day This Will All Be Over"
    108 (1), p. 349-351 2013
  • Anthropos
    Rödlach, Alexander Morality, Hope and Grief. Anthropologies of AIDS in Africa. Epistemologies of Healing Series
    106, p. 654-656 2011
  • Anthropos
    Rödlach, Alexander Review of Dilger, Hansjorg and Ute Luig's "Morality, Hope and Grief- Anthropologies of AIDS in Africa"
    106 (2), p. 654-656 2011
  • Anthropos
    Rödlach, Alexander Review of Patricia Whelehan's "The Anthropology of AIDS. A Global Perspective"
    105 (2), p. 693-694 2010
  • American Ethnologist
    Rödlach, Alexander Review of Leslie Butt and Richard Eves's "Making Sense of AIDS. Culture, Sexuality, and Power in Melanesia
    37 (1), p. 193-194 2010
  • Medical anthropology quarterly
    Rödlach, Alexander Heterosexual Africa? The History of an Idea from the Age of Exploration to the Age of AIDS
    23, p. 185-187 2009

Presentations

  • Appleget, Carin, Thomas Simonds, Martin Renzo Rosales, Timothy Cook, Alexander Rödlach, and Ronald Fussell (2022). Exploring the Latino Student Experience in Catholic High Schools (American Educational Research Association, San Diego). 2021
  • “Called to Health”: Professional Nurses’ Spiritual Vocation (Society for Applied Anthropology, Virtual Conference). 2021
  • Improving Emotional Health in the Community – Health Ministries in Faith Communities (Culture and Community Mental Health Speaker Series, McGill University, Montreal). 2020
  • Framing Research as Accompaniment Embedded in Relationships (Annual Meeting of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research, Seattle) 2019
  • Reflections on Research and Accompaniment with Karenni Refugees in Omaha (Society for Applied Anthropology, Portland) 2019
  • 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, June). 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: LongitudinalProgramming 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 inOmaha (Kripke Center Symposium – Religion in Global Context, Omaha). 2017
  • Culture, Clinical Care, and Intercultural Competence (University of NebraskaMedical 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 Sorcerer (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
  • Intercultural Competence, Inclusion, and Dental Care (Creighton University, School of Dentistry)

Foundation/Association

  • Society of the Divine Word Research Grant

Other

  • Dr. George F. Haddix Presidents Faculty Research Award

  • 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