Darius Bittle-Dockery

  • PhD Student - Cultural

Darius is currently in his 5th year of pursuing the joint degree of M.P.H. and Ph.D. in the departments of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences and Anthropology. His dissertation research investigates the intersection between infrastructural communication technologies, social networks, and the experience of chronic disease within the lives of Syrian refugees in Jordan. His research incorporates several interdisciplinary methodologies including social network analysis, agent-based modeling, and ethnographic research. His other interests are located within the subjects of human ecology, the body, and STS (science and technology studies).

Outside of academia, Darius has worked with multiple local and international health organizations including UPMC, the Center of Life, and the International Medical Corps to address various community health issues and improve their organizational capacity and coordination. Through his dissertation research and collaboration with health organizations, he hopes to identify possible areas of intervention that address social determinants of health in the lives of refugee and other marginalized populations facing multiple socioeconomic and technopolitical inequities.


Degrees and Education

Tufts University - Medford, MA | Sep. 2006 – May 2010
BA in Anthropology with a minor in Philosophy


David L. Boren Fellowship (2018-2019)
Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellow (2016-2017)
Awarded Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellow (2016-17) (Declined)
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Diversity Fellow (Summer 2016)
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellow (2015-16)
Fred C. Bruhns Memorial Award Winner (Summer 2015)
K. Leroy Irvis Fellow (2014-15)
University of Pittsburgh Graduate Expo Outstanding Presenter Award (2015)