Douglas A. Feldman, PhD

Professor (Tenured), Former Chair
Department of Anthropology
The College at Brockport
State University of New York
Brockport, NY 14420, USA


Dr. Feldman is a Professor of Anthropology at The College at Brockport, State University of New York near Rochester, New York, and former President of the Society for Medical Anthropology-an international organization with over 1,300 members. He is the former Chair of his current Department, and has served as Professor, Academic Director, and Institute Director at Nova Southeastern University near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, President of D.A. Feldman & Associates, Inc.-an HIV/AIDS social research organization, Research Associate Professor at the University of Miami School of Medicine and faculty member of the MPH. Program and founding Executive Director of the AIDS Center of Queens County-the AIDS service organization for the borough of Queens in New York City.
As a leader in AIDS and anthropology, and more broadly medical anthropology, he was the first anthropologist to develop as Principal Investigator a research study on HIV/AIDS in the United States in 1982-among gay men in New York City. He also was the first anthropologist to do a research study on AIDS in Africa in 1985-among hospitalized persons with AIDS in Rwanda. He started the AIDS and Anthropology Research Group in 1986, which had rapidly grown under his leadership. In 1987, he led the formation of an AIDS service organization in the face of strong, and sometimes violent, community opposition. In 1988, he influenced AIDS policy in Bangladesh after meeting with government officials and the media. That same year, he founded the American Anthropological Association Task Force on AIDS.
He has also conducted AIDS social/behavioral research in Zambia, Senegal, Uganda, Hungary, and Florida. His published books include The Social Dimensions of AIDS: Method and Theory (1986), Culture and AIDS (1990), Global AIDS Policy (1994), The AIDS Crisis A Documentary History (1998), AIDS, Culture, and Africa (2008), Ethnicity and Health Care Delivery: Sexually Transmitted Diseases (2009), and AIDS, Culture, and Gay Men (2010), as well as 79 other papers, posters, and articles. He has served as an expert witness on HIV/AIDS for eight law firms. Dr. Feldman has served as elected Treasurer and member of the Membership Committee of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology, member of committees for the Institute of Medicine, elected member of the Nominations Committee of the American Anthropological Association, and elected board member of the Society for Medical Anthropology. He served as the Chair of the Friends of the Society for Applied Anthropology Committee. He is the recipient of the Solon T. Kimball Award for Public and Applied Anthropology (1996), and the Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Medical Anthropology (2008). He served as the Chair of the SMA Career Achievement Award Committee (2014).

Research Interest

His research interests include: Anthropology.

Scientific Activities


• Marguerite Hare Browne Society, Member (2013-2015)
• Prometheus Society, Member (2012-2015)
• Silver Anniversary Certificate, Founding Executive Director of the AIDS Center of Queens County (2011)
• Madison Whos Who (2011)
• Top 100 Scientists (2009)
• Distinguished Service Award, AIDS and Anthropology Research Group (2008)
• Leading Scientists of the World (2008)
• 2000 Outstanding Scientists (2008/2009)
• 21st Century Award for Achievement (2008)
• Dictionary of International Biography (33rd Edition) (2006)
• Whos Who Among Americas Teachers (2002)
• Whos Who in America. (2000)
• Whos Who in Medicine and Health Care (1999)
• Network Presidents Award, youth mentoring program in Miami high schools (1996-1997)
• Solon T. Kimball Award for Public and Applied Anthropology (1996)
• Honorary Member, Bangladesh Health Card Service (1988 )



1. Feldman DA. Irene Ketonen. Street and Community Outreach to African Americans for HIV Vaccine Trials Recruitment. What Went Wrong Curare. 2014; 37(2): 113 120.
2. Anjali S, Burkusi E, et al. Sex Preparation and Diaphragm Acceptability in Sex Work in Nairobi, Kenya. Sexual Health. 2006; 3(4): 261-268.
3. Jones DL, Weiss SM, Bhat GJ, et al. A Sexual Barrier Intervention for HIV+/-Zambian Women. Acceptability and Use of Vaginal Chemical Barriers. Journal of Multicultural Nursing and Health. 2004; 10(1): 27-33.
4. Feldman DA, OHara P, Baboo KS, Chitalu NW, Lu Y. HIV Prevention Among Zambian Adolescents. Developing a Value Utilization/Norm Change Model. Social Science & Medicine 1997; 44(4): 455-468. doi:10.1016/S0277-9536(96)00164-5
5. Tuchel T and Feldman DA. A Preliminary Ethnography of HIV Positive Women in Dade County Jails. Practicing Anthropology. 1993; 15(4): 52-55. doi:10.17730/praa.15.4.eq25x27882707779
6. Feldman DA. Comment on Epidemiologists, Social Scientists, and the Structure of Medical Research on AIDS in Africa.Social Science & Medicine. 1991; 33(7): 783-785.
7. Feldman DA. Developing AIDS Policy in a Low Prevalence Country. the Case of Bangladesh. Practicing Anthropology. 1989; 11(4): 2-12.
8. Feldman DA. A Household Survey for Suspected AIDS Related Complex in Rwanda, Medical Anthropology. 1989; 10(2,3): 143-149.
9. Feldman DA. Gay Youth and AIDS. Journal of Homosexuality. 1989; 17(1/2): 185-193.
10. Feldman DA, Samuel R. Friedman, Don C. Des Jarlais. Public Awareness of AIDS in Rwanda. Social Science & Medicine. 1987; 24(2): 97-100.
11. Feldman DA. Anthropology, AIDS, and Africa. Medical Anthropology Quarterly. 1987; 17(2): 38-40.
12. Feldman DA. Conclusion in Symposium. Anthropology and AIDS, (M. Gorman and D, A. Feldman, eds. Medical Anthropology Quarterly. 1986; 17(2): 31-38.
13. Feldman DA. AIDS and Social Change, Human Organization. 1985; 44(4): 343-348.
14. Feldman DA. The History of the Relationship between Environment and Culture in Ethnological Thought. an Overview. Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences. 1975; 11: 67-81. doi:10.1002/1520-6696(197501)11:1lt;67::AID-JHBS2300110114>3.0.CO;2-4


1. Feldman DA, Gainesville FL. AIDS, Culture and Gay Men.. University Press of Florida, 2010.
2. Feldman DA, Gainesville FL. Not One Inch. The Ruthless Politics of Developing an AIDS Community-Based Organization. AIDS, Culture and Gay Men.University Press of Florida, 2010.
3. Feldman DA, Gainesville FL. Introduction. AIDS, Culture and Gay Men.. University Press of Florida, 2010.
4. Feldman DA, Gainesville FL. Postscript. AIDS, Culture and Gay Men. University Press of Florida, 2010.
5. Feldman DA. Ethnicity and Health Care Delivery. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Saarbrücken, Germany. Lambert Academic Publishing, 2009.
6. Feldman AD. AIDS, Culture, and Africa. Gainesville, FL. University Press of Florida, 2008.
7. Feldman DA, Chitalu NW, OHara Murdock P, et al. Attitudes Toward HIV/AIDS Among Zambian High School Students. In: Feldman DA, Gainesville, FL, eds. AIDS, Culture and Africa. University Press of Florida, 2008.
8. Feldman DA. Introduction, Anthropological Perspectives on AIDS Research in Africa, In: Feldman DA, Gainesville, FL, eds. AIDS, Culture and Africa. University Press of Florida, 2008.
9. Feldman DA. Conclusion- Its Not Just About AIDS. The Underlying Agenda to Control HIV in Africa. In: Feldman DA, Gainesville, FL, eds. AIDS, Culture and Africa. University Press of Florida, 2008.
10. McCoy CC, Feldman DA, et al. China HIV and AIDS. a Global View. In: Feldman DA, McElrath K, ed. Westport, CT. Greenwood Press, 2001; 69-86.
11. Feldman DA, Miller JW. The AIDS Crisis. A Documentary History. In: Westport, CT, ed. Greenwood Press, 1998.
12. Feldman DA. Global AIDS Policy. Westport, CT. Bergin and Garvey, 1994. 13. Feldman DA. The Sociocultural Impacts of AIDS in Central and East Africa. AIDS and the Social Sciences. Common Threads. In: Feldman DA, R. Ulack and W.F. Skinner, eds. University Press of Kentucky. Lexington, KY. 1991; 124-133.
14. Feldman DA. Culture and AIDS. Westport, CT. Praeger Publishers, 1990.
15. Feldman DA. Assessing the Viral, Parasitic, and Sociocultural Cofactors in AIDS Transmission in Rwanda. Culture and AIDS. Westport, CT. Praeger Publishers, 1990: 45-54.
16. Feldman DA. Anthropological Research on AIDS. Comparative Perspectives on AIDS. In: Feldman DA, Susser I, Jagemann C, eds. Proceedings from the Hunter College Conference Perspectives on AIDS. A Dialogue between Social Scientists and Health Professionals, 1987. New York. Hunter College, 1988.
17. Feldman DA, Johnson TM. The Social Dimensions of AIDS. Method and Theory. Westport, CT. Praeger; 1986.
18. Feldman DA. AIDS Health Promotion and Clinically Applied Anthropology. In: Feldman DA, Johnson TM, eds. The Social Dimensions of AIDS. Method and Theory. Westport, CT. Praeger, 1986: 145-159.