Infected Kin Teaching Resources

 Infected Kin Book Details

Welcome! My name is Ellen Block. I am a professor of anthropology at CSB/SJU, and I have made a variety of teaching materials and supplemental resources to help you in teaching the book I co-wrote with my husband, Will McGrath.  

About Infected Kin: 

In Infected Kin, we argue that AIDS is fundamentally a kinship disease, examining the ways it transcends infected individuals and seeps into kin relations and networks of care. While much AIDS scholarship has turned away from the difficult daily realities of those affected by the disease, our book uses both ethnographic scholarship and creative nonfiction to bring to life the joys and struggles of the Basotho people at the heart of the AIDS pandemic. The result is a book accessible to wide readership, yet built upon scholarship and theoretical contributions that ensure Infected Kin will remain relevant to anyone interested in anthropology, kinship, global health, and care.  

How to use these resources: Please click on the links below to access a variety of teaching materials and supplemental resources. Resources include:  

Please email me at if you have any questions or suggestions, or if you are interested in having us visit your classroom (in person or in Skype). We are located in central Minnesota and Minneapolis. 

To find out more about Ellen Block's work, click here:  

 To find out more about Will McGrath's work, click here: 

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