Dr Jesse Hession Grayman

MA, MPH (University of Michigan); PhD (Harvard University)

Research | Current

  • Social Anthropology
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Development Studies
  • Humanitarianism
  • Global Public Health
  • Political Violence
  • Conflict and Development
  • Social Suffering
  • Community Driven Development
  • Media Technologies
  • Epidemiology
  • Internally Displaced Populations
  • Southeast Asian Studies

Teaching | Current

DEVELOP 701  Development Praxis

DEVELOP 709  Theories of International Development

DEVELOP 715  Independent Research

DEVELOP 716  Global Health and Development

DEVELOP 717  Humanitarian Interventions

Postgraduate supervision

Yuko Nagamine: "The idea of ‘help’ affecting the global circulation of money, ideas, and norms: A perspective from Burmese diasporas in Japan” (MA Thesis, current)

Hanyang Ge: "Humanitarian Interventions and Other Disaster Responses Following the March 2017 Flood in Piura, Peru" (MA Thesis, 2019)

Devon Hanna: "The Shifting Landscape of Expertise in Disaster Intervention: Humanitarian Subjectivities of the Shaky Isles" (MA Thesis, 2018)

Gladys Ann Gatuz Rabacal: "Discourses of Participation in the Philippines’ Bottom-up Budgeting Program" (MA Thesis, 2017)

Hyun Suk (Henry) Oh: "Urban Poverty in an East Asian Welfare State: Challenges Faced by the Elderly Population in Seoul" (MA Thesis, 2016)



Discipline Convenor - Development Studies

PhD Advisor - Development Studies

Research Committee - School of Social Sciences


Areas of expertise

social anthropology; medical anthropology; development studies; humanitarianism; global public health; political violence; conflict and development; social suffering; community driven development; media technologies; epidemiology; internally displaced populations; Southeast Asian studies

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Discipline Convenor - Development Studies

PhD Advisor - Development Studies

Research Committee - School of Social Sciences

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Grayman, J. H. (2019). Death by overwork: The complicated case of the Indonesian election. https://www.asiamediacentre.org.nz/opinion/death-by-overwork-the-complicated-case-of-the-indonesian-election/. Related URL.
  • Neef, A., & Grayman, J. H. (Eds.) (2018). The Tourism-Disaster-Conflict Nexus. Bingley, U.K.: Emerald Group Publishing. Pages: 184. 10.1108/S2040-7262201819
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/45377
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Andreas Neef
  • Sacks, A., & Grayman, J. H. (2018). Indonesia - Long-term generasi qualitative study. Washington DC, USA: World Bank. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/45417
  • Grayman, J. H., & Bronnimann, K. (2018). A tale of two museums in Post-Tsunami and Post-Conflict Aceh, Indonesia. In A. Neef, J. H. Grayman (Eds.) The tourism-disaster-conflict nexus (pp. 105-117). Emerald Group Publishing. 10.1108/S2040-726220180000019006
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/45322
  • Grayman, J. H. (2017). Topography and scale in a community-driven maternal and child health program in Eastern Indonesia. Medicine Anthropology Theory, 4 (1), 46-78. 10.17157/mat.4.1.364
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34443
  • Grayman, J. H. (2016). Official and unrecognized narratives of recovery in post conflict Aceh, Indonesia. Critical Asian Studies, 48 (4), 528-555. 10.1080/14672715.2016.1224125
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30846
  • Grayman, J. H. (2015). “We build our own stories”: The 19th-century figure and 21st-century myth of the Acehnese poet Dôkarim. Indonesia (99), 51-65. 10.5728/indonesia.99.0051
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/26764
  • Good, B. J., Grayman, J. H., & Good, M. J. D. V. (2015). Humanitarianism and ‘‘mobile sovereignty’’ in strong state settings: Reflections on medical humanitarianism in Aceh, Indonesia. In S. Abramowitz, C. Panter-Brick (Eds.) Medical humanitarianism: Ethnographies of practice (pp. 155-175). Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.


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Level 8, Room 836A
New Zealand

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