Jill E. Rowe, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor
School of Interdisciplinary Health Programs
College of Health & Human Services
Western Michigan University
1903 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49008, USA


Dr. Rowe is a Medical Anthropologist and Assistant Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Health Services, College of Health and Human Services at Western Michigan University. She earned a PhD in cultural anthropology at Michigan State University, and MA in medical anthropology at Wayne State University and an MPH in health education and behavior at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. In the past, Dr. Rowe held an NIMH postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Mental Health Services Research (CMHSR) at Washington University in St. Louis, served as an ethnographic consultant for the National HIV Behavioral Survey Heterosexuals at Risk of HIV Infection (NHBS-HET) Study at Virginia Commonwealth University and was a visiting Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars (REIDS) scholar at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA) at Yale University. Her areas of expertise are rural African American people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) and frontline service providers. Recent publications have appeared in The Encyclopedia of African American History; Health Education and Behavior; Journal of Black Studies, Social Service Review and Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research.

Research Interest

Her research interests include: health disparities in African American Communities, African American and mixed-race communities in the Old Northwest, mental health services and HIV/AIDS.

Scientific Activities


• 2012-2014 REIDS Scholar, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA), Yale University, New Haven, CT
• 2005-2007 National Center on Minority Health Disparities Scholar, Department of Health & Human Services, Public Health Service, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD


• National Council for Black Studies (NCBS)-2012 to present
• Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)-2011 to present
• Society of Public Health Educators (SOPHE)-2006 to present
• Association for the Study of the World-Wide African Diaspora (ASWAD)-2007 to present
• American Anthropological Association (AAA) – 1998 to present
• Association of Black Anthropologists (ABA) – 1998 to present
• Society for the Anthropology of North America (SANA)-1998 to present
• Society for Anthropology (SMA)-1998 to present
• Society for Cultural Anthropology (SCA)-1998 to present
• Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA)-1997 to present
• American Public Health Association (APHA)-1995 to present



1. Rowe JE. Review of Mattingly C. The Paradox of Hope: Journeys Through a Clinical Borderland. Ethos. 2012; 40(2): 1-2.
2. Rowe JE. Voices From the Inside: African American Womens Perspectives on Diet, Exercise and Nutrition. Health Education & Behavior. 2010; 37(6): 789-800. doi: 10.1177/1090198110365992
3. Rowe JE. Mixing It Up: Early African American Settlements in Northwestern Ohio. Journal of Black Studies. 2009; 39(6): 924-936. doi: 10.1177/0021934707305432
4. Fedoravicius N, McMillen C, Rowe J, Kagotho N, Ware N. Funneling Child Welfare Consumers into and through the Mental Health System: Assessment, Referral and Quality Issues. Social Service Review. 2008; 82(2): 273-290. doi: 10.1086/589780
5. McMillen C, Fedoravicius N, Rowe J, Zima B, Ware N. A Crisis of Credibility: Professionals Concerns about the Psychiatric Care Provided to Clients of the Child Welfare System. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. 2006; 34(3): 203-212. doi: 10.1007/s10488-006-0096-5
6. Whitten P, Rowe-Adjibogoun J. Researching Communication Technology Intervention Projects: The Challenge of Achieving Utilization Levels Sufficient for Evaluation. Journal for Technology in Human Services. 2003; 22(3): 1-16. doi: 10.1300/J017v22n02_01
7. Whitten P, Rowe-Adjibogoun J. Success and Failure in a Michigan Telepsychiatry Programme. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. 2002; 8(Suppl. 3): S3: 75-77. doi: 10.1258/13576330260440943
8. Rowe JE. Connecting PLWHA in rural virginia to health and mental health care-perspectives from the life worlds of frontline health workers and PLWHA. HIV/AIDS Res Treat Open J. 2015; 2(1): e9-e11. doi: 10.17140/HARTOJ-2-e004
8. Rowe JE. Out of care: perspectives from rural southern people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) and frontline service workers. Journal of HIV/AIDS & Infectious Diseases, SP. 2015; 101: 1-9.