Assistant Professor


College of the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences





Bizzini Hall B215B

Curriculum Vitae

Ryan I. Logan earned his B.A. in Anthropology in and his M.A. in Applied Anthropology from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Logan completed a dual degree program at the University of South Florida, where he earned his Ph.D. in Applied (Medical) Anthropology and a Master's of Public Health (MPH). Logan also maintains a Certified in Public Health (CPH) credential. Logan joined the Department of Anthropology and Geography & Environmental Resources at Stanislaus State in 2019.

Logan's research broadly analyzes the lived experiences of community health workers, front-line public health workers who typically come from the communities they work within. His research specifically assessed how community health workers participate in advocacy as a form of caregiving and how they are able to aid clients to circumvent health disparities within their communities. Logan is also starting new research looking at the role of complementary and alternative medicine since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Currently, Logan is continuing his collaborative research with community health workers in Indiana in addition to starting a new research project in California in three comparative sites: 1) along the U.S.-Mexico border in California, 2) the Central Valley, and 3) the Bay Area. This project will explore the impact of CHWs and promotores de salud in these region. Additionally, Logan is studying the trends and usage of complementary and alternative forms of care (CAM) in the Central Valley of California. His previous research has explored the role of religion and its relation to activism within the Latinx immigrant community in Indiana. He has also assessed the roles and impact of alternative health practitioners in the Tampa Bay region in Florida.  Logan has also worked as a contract researcher for the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency, the Indiana Minority Health Coalition, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Logan is involved in several professional and campus organizations. Logan is a member of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and he is the Communications & Outreach Manager for the Society for the Anthropology of North America (SANA). He has been a member of the Scholars Strategy Network (SSN) since 2018 and has written two policy briefs on community health workers. Logan is also active in organizations on campus, in particular the Interdisciplinary Health Alliance (IHA), an organization that facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration and active engagement with students and community members in research, grants, and more at Stanislaus State.

Course Course Title
ANTH2060 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH3000 Anthropology & Global Issues
ANTH3070 Peoples & Cultures of Africa
ANTH3250 Anthropological Perspectives on Global Health
ANTH3900 Anthropology of Gender & Sexuality
ANTH4100 Medical Anthropology
ANTH4130 Urban Subcultures: Chinatown
ANTH4200 Applied Anthropology & Social Change
ANTH4210 Ethnomedical Anthropology
ANTH4600 Anthropology of Caregiving, Death, & Dying
ANTH5980 Independent Study

Medical anthropology, cultural anthropology, applied anthropology, medical paraprofessionals, community health workers, health disparities, complementary & alternative medicine (CAM), migration, migrant health, United States

Logan, Ryan I. & Richard L. Strater. 2024. "Entonces, Como Promotores, Pues, No Somos Intérpretes": Reconciling Medical Interpretation & Community Health Work in Indiana and South Carolina. Journal of Ambulatory Care Management 47, no. 2: 84-95.

Stanley, Mary Jo & Ryan I. Logan. 2024. Moral Resilience and Race, Ethnicity, and Culture Within Healthcare Workers During the COVID‑19 Pandemic in the USA: A Scoping Review. Journal of Racial & Ethnic Health Disparities. Online ahead of print.

Logan, Ryan I., Kihlström, Laura, & Kanan Mehta. 2023. “Anthropological Enough?” Reflections on Methodology, Challenges of Doing Fieldwork “At Home,” and Building a More Inclusive Discipline. Anthropology in Action 30, no. 2: 26-34.

Logan, Ryan I. 2022. "I Certainly Wasn't as Patient-Centred": Impacts and Potentials of Cross-Training Paramedics as Community Health Workers. Anthropology in Action 29, no. 3: 14-22.

Logan, Ryan I. 2022. Boundaries of Care: Community Health Workers in the United States. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Logan, Ryan I. 2021. Professionalization as a "Double-Edged Sword": Assessing the Professional Citizenship of Community Health Workers in the Midwest. Human Organization 80, no. 3: 192-202.

Logan, Ryan I.; Melo, Milena A.; & Heide Castañeda. 2021. Familial Vulnerability: Legal Status and Mental Health in Mixed-Status Families. Medical Anthropology 40, no. 7: 639-652.

Logan, Ryan I. & Heide Castañeda. 2020. Addressing Health Disparities in the Rural United States: Advocacy as Caregiving Among Community Health Workers and Promotores de Salud. International Journal of Environmental and Public Health Research 17, no. 24: 9223.

Logan, Ryan I. 2020. "A Poverty in Understanding": Assessing the Structural Challenges Experienced by Community Health Workers and Their Clients. Global Public Health 15, no. 1: 137-150.

Logan, Ryan I. 2019. Being a Community Health Worker Means Advocating: Participation, Perceptions, and Challenges in Advocacy. Anthropology in Action 26, no. 2: 9-18.

Logan, Ryan I. 2018. Not a Duty But an Opportunity: Exploring the Lived Experiences of Community Health Workers in Indiana through Photovoice. Qualitative Research in Medicine & Healthcare 2, no. 3: 132-144.

Logan, Ryan I. 2018. Collaborative Methods, Collaborative Change: Integrating Methodology and Partnerships in Research with Community Health Workers in the Midwestern, United States. ABD: An Interdisciplinary Student Journal 5: 1-10.

Logan, Ryan I. 2017. Achieving Health Alternatively: The Role of Alternative Health Practitioners in Tampa Bay. Practicing Anthropology 39, no. 4: 10-14.

Ryan I. Logan on ResearchGate

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Ryan I. Logan on Scholars Strategy Network

Interdisciplinary Health Alliance at Stanislaus State