Adjunct Assistant Professor

Mark S. DolsonOffice: PAS 2006



Mark earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology (with a research focus on mental health and poverty) in 2012 from Western University; an MA in the Anthropology of Medicine from McGill University; and an Honours BA in Anthropology from Western University. He has recently completed a SSHRC-funded Postdoctoral Fellowship focusing on homelessness and social marginalization in Reykjavik, Iceland through the Scott Polar Research Institute in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. Before completing his Ph.D., Mark worked as a medical anthropologist for the Department of Paediatrics at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University as well as at the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. While part of the Department of Paediatrics, Mark carried out an ethnographic research project which sought to understand the power dynamics between medical residents and their teachers in the context of medical education at the Children’s Emergency Department at Victoria Hospital in London, Ontario. During his time at the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine, Mark took part in developing research projects centered on youth Aboriginal health issues in remote First Nations communities in Northern Ontario. Mark’s current research and teaching expertise are in ethnographic approaches to homelessness and mental illness (particularly trauma, addiction and their socio-political causes); as well as critical approaches to neoliberalism, workfare, moral regulation, and policy related to poverty reduction and housing/re-housing the homeless in both Canada and Iceland. Following his SSHRC-funded Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Cambridge, Mark is in the midst of completing research on an ethnographic approach to homeless and marginalized subjectivities in Reykjavik, Iceland. He is attempting to trace ethnographically the shifting contours of one informants’ experience with hoarding, her self-exile into homelessness and extreme existential suffering resulting from political violence and paternalistic attitudes towards the homeless.

Selected Publications

2018 - Dolson, M.  S.  “The Best Laid Plans…” Of Qualitative Research: On Chance and Precarity in Doing Ethnographic Fieldwork.  Book chapter for The Craft of Qualitative Research.  Steven Kleinknecht, Editor (In press)

2017 - Bannister, S, Dolson, M. S., Lingard, L., Keegan, D.  Not just trust:  Factors influencing opportunities for residents to conduct technical skills on real patients.  Medical Education (in press, DOI:10.1111/medu.13522)

2015 -Dolson, M. S. By Sleight of Neoliberal Logics: Street Youth, Workfare and the Everyday Tactics of Survival in London, Ontario, Canada. City & Society 27(2): 116-135.

2014 - Dolson, M. S.  Precarity, Workfare, and the Social Contingency of Suffering: The Story of a Canadian Street-Youth. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry. Published Online first (October 8th, 2014 DOI 10.1007/s11013-014-9409-4) 39 (1): 134-161 (March, 2015).

2013 - Forchuk, C., Richardson, J., Laverty, K., Bryant, M., Rudnick, A., Csiernik, R., Edwards, B., Fisman, S., Mitchell, B., Connoy, M., Dolson, M. S. & Kelly, C.  Service Preferences of Homeless Youth with Mental Illness: Housing First, Treatment First, or Both Together. In Youth Homelessness in Canada:Implications for Policy and Practice.  S. Gaetz, B. O’Grady, Bucceri, K., Karabanow, J., and Marsolais, A. (eds). York University, Toronto: Canadian Homelessness Research Network Press. *Authorship role: I wrote the entire chapter and analyzed the data (authorship order follows the medical model).

2013 - Dolson, M.S. Reflections Through Reflexivity: Why my Collaborative Research project in arctic Labrador did not work.  Collaborative Anthropologies, vol. 6: 201-236.

2010 - Dolson, M. S. On the Possibility of a Synergy Between Indigenous Knowledges of Health and Healing and Western Biomedicine: Toward a Phenomenological Understanding. Platforum 11: 38-50.                     

2009 - Dolson, M. S. On Benjamin's Temporality of Crisis, Foucault's Subjugated Knowledges, and their Import in Theorising Revitalisation Movements: A Critical Theoretical Examination. Anthropological Notebooks 15(3): 43-64.

2008  Dolson, M.S.  Book review for: Improvising Theory: Process and Temporality in Ethnographic Fieldwork, by Cerwonka, Allaine & Malkki, Liisa. Anthropologica: Journal of the Canadian Anthropology Society, 51(2): 442- 443.

2006 - Dolson, M. S. & Naqshbandi, M.  Review of Canadian Aboriginal Literature  and Funding: Current Status, Gaps and Strategies.  Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative: Health Canada and Canadian Institutes for Health Research (Canada Institutes for Health Research—CIHR) Report. Pp. 1-35.

2005 - Dolson, M. S. The Role of Dialogue, Otherness and the Construction of  Insight in Psychosis: Toward a Socio-Dialogic Model.  Journal of Phenomenological Psychology 36 (1): 75-112.

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