Aaron R. Denham, PhD is an anthropologist, author, and people-centered researcher. His most noted work explores the spirit child phenomenon and infanticide within Nankani communities in Ghana.
Denham specializes in topics related to medical and psychological anthropology; international development and global health; design thinking and research; field research; culture and meaning-making; and, people’s experiences of misfortune, uncertainty, risk, and disorder.
Denham’s writing has been published in journals such as Social Science and Medicine, Transcultural Psychiatry, Ethos, Clio’s Psyche, Ghana Studies, and in various book chapters. He is a fellow of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Denham also won the 2016 Boyer Prize for Contributions to Psychoanalytic Anthropology. With roots in Idaho and U.S. Northwest, he has lived and worked throughout the U.S., Canada, West Africa, and Australia. Denham’s first book, Spirit Children: Illness, Poverty, and Infanticide in Northern Ghana, was published by the University of Wisconsin Press. He is currently writing a book-length selection of essays on fieldwork in Ghana. Denham lives in Sydney, Australia where he is a senior lecturer (equivalent to an associate professor) in anthropology and the director of the Development Studies Program at Macquarie University.