Aaron Denham is an anthropologist, author, and people-centered researcher. His most noted projects explore the spirit child phenomenon and infanticide in Ghana and historical trauma in Indigenous communities.
Denham specializes in topics related to human experience; global health; international development; childhood; mental health; culture and meaning-making; and people’s experiences of misfortune, uncertainty, risk, and disorder.
Denham’s published in journals such as Social Science and Medicine, Current Anthropology, Transcultural Psychiatry, Ethos, Ghana Studies, and in various book chapters. Denham’s first book, Spirit Children: Illness, Poverty, and Infanticide in Northern Ghana, was published by the University of Wisconsin Press. He was a fellow of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Denham also won the 2016 Boyer Prize for Contributions to Psychoanalytic Anthropology. He is currently writing a book-length selection of essays on Ghana (many of which are available here).
Originally from Idaho, he has lived and worked throughout the U.S., Canada, West Africa, and Australia. Denham is a senior lecturer (equivalent to an associate professor in the U.S.) in anthropology and the director of the Development Studies Program at Macquarie University. He is on sabbatical in from September 2018 to July 2019. In July he will join the Global Health Program and the Anthropology department at the University of California San Diego.