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Research Interests:
Humanities, Social Sciences
Discipline: Anthropology
Pillar / Cluster: Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences


Lyle Fearnley is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at SUTD.  Trained as an anthropologist of science and medicine, Fearnley received a Joint Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco. His book, Virulent Zones: Animal Disease and Global Health at China’s Pandemic Epicenter, is available now from Duke University Press.  Currently, he is conducting two research projects: 1) on the contested futures of rice breeding and genetics in China, in which he analyzes the intersections of Chinese rice genome research, food safety movements, and the human-environment configurations of wet-rice paddy agriculture; 2) on waste, circular economy, and the ecology of health in contemporary Singapore.

Selected Publications


Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • “Redesigning Syndromic Surveillance for Biosecurity.” In Stephen J. Collier and Andrew Lakoff, eds., Biosecurity Interventions: Global Health and Security in Question (New York: Columbia University Press, 2008).


  • Joint Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco
  • B.A. Anthropology, Columbia University