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 human experience; international development and global health; oral histories; place; 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, Clio’s Psyche, Ghana Studies, and in various book chapters. He was a fellow of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Denham also won the 2016 Boyer Prize for Contributions to Psychoanalytic Anthropology. With roots in 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 his fieldwork experiences. 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 splits his time between Sydney, Australia and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He is based in the U.S. from September 2018 to July 2019.