Dr. Elena Jirovsky

elena jirovsky Adjunct Faculty in Cultural Anthropology







Courses  Taught at WVPU

Cultural Anthropology: The Politics of Health and Disease


Background and Facts

Elena Jirovsky is a medical anthropologist, researcher and instructor at the Medical University of Vienna’s Center of Public Health. She is a graduate of the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna. Between 2007 to 2010, she received the prestigious DOC-team award of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and in 2017, the Veronika-Fialka-Moser-Diversity-Award of the Medical University of Vienna in the category teaching.

She has conducted independent research and cooperated in several research projects in Austria, Burkina Faso, Chad, and Liberia, on topics concerning sexual and reproductive health, female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), migrant health, health workers, and infectious diseases. Amongst others, she has been deployed as a social scientist for Doctors without Borders (MSF), and WHO (Ebola Response Liberia 2015).

Her most recent publications include the article “‘If you can afford it, you can do it’: deliberations of people in Burkina Faso on clitoral reconstruction after female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C),” in Griffin, Gabriele; Malin Jordal (2018): Body, Migration, Re/constructive Surgeries. Making the Gendered Body in a Globalized World.