Carolyn Sargent, PhD

Health, Triple Negative Breast Cancer, Kin Therapy Management, Immigrants

Dr. Carolyn Sargent, a professor of sociocultural anthropology in Arts and Sciences, is currently studying how family members in several West African communities take part in medical and end-of-life decisions, specifically around cancer.  As a medical anthropologist interested in maternal and child health, she is changing the conversation about health care in several West African countries dating back to her time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin. 




Goals & Impact

Strengthen public health institutions and health care decision making.




  • University Abomey-Calavi (national university)
  • Chief Sunon Sinagonruigui Suru (Benin)

  • Minister of Culture, Cheick Omar Sissoko (Mali)
  • Madani Ly, M.D. oncologist at Bamako public hospitals
  • Dr. Ly,Joseph Gligorov (Professor of Oncology, Tenon Hospital)
  • Sarah Gehlert (Dean, Social Work, U South Carolina)

Funding Partners