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Marissa Mika

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


Dr. Marissa Mika is a historian, anthropologist, and writer based in Berkeley, California. For the past two decades, she's worked in eastern and southern Africa on the politics of global health research. Dr. Mika's book, Africanizing Oncology: Creativity, Crisis, and Cancer in Uganda, tells the remarkable story of the history of the Uganda Cancer Institute. The book is a finalist for the African Studies Association Best Book Award for 2021 and the Bethwell A. Ogot Prize for the best book in Eastern African Studies in 2021. In 2019, Dr. Mika directed the humanities and social sciences program at the University of Global Health Equity, in Butaro, Rwanda. Her research has been supported by a variety of organizations including the Social Science Research Council, the Wenner Gren Foundation, and the Wellcome Trust.


  • PhD in the History and Sociology of Science and African History, ¬†University of Pennsylvania¬†
  • MHS in International Health, Johns Hopkins