Elanah Uretsky is a medical anthropologist whose interests lie at the nexus of gender, sexuality, governance and disease in China. She has conducted extensive ethnographic research on China's HIV epidemic examining how networking practices among the wealthy businessmen and government officials fueling China's economic rise have also governed the rise, development, and administration of the epidemic. Much of this work focuses on the role that relations between China and Burma play in the rise of the epidemic.
Professor Uretsky's current work looks at the impact that male networking practices, which include excessive banqueting, drinking, smoking, and commercial sex, are having on China's burgeoning epidemic of chronic disease. Professor Uretsky is jointly appointed in the Department of Anthropology and in the Elliott School of International Affairs and Directs the MA/MPH program. She is also a Public Intellectual Fellow with the National Committee on US China Relations.