Jonathan Stillo

Jonathan Stillo

Assistant Professor


 F/AB 3013

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Jonathan Stillo



Dr. Jonathan Stillo is a medical anthropologist and an Assistant Professor who teaches Anthropology and Public Health at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. His work and passion focuses on using anthropological and global health approaches to reduce human suffering in the world. He has received research grants from the US National Science Foundation, The US Department of State, Fulbright-Hays, and The Social Science Research Council, among others.  Since 2006, Jonathan has been researching tuberculosis (TB) in Romania—including living at a Romanian TB sanatorium for several months and interviewing hundreds of patients over the course of more than five years living in Romania. His research focuses on the social, economic and structural aspects of TB, particularly antibiotic resistant varieties. Jonathan has served as an International Expert on the World Health Organization teams that conducted the 2014 review of Romania’s national TB program, as well as the TB program review in Republic of Moldova in 2013. In 2016, he was the lead author of an ECDC supported proposal for introducing integrated, community based support for people with TB in Romania. He is the elected Co-Chair of the TB Europe Coalition and a member of the Global TB Community Advisory Board. in 2019, he became the coordinator of the World Health Organization' European Office's working group on Patient Centered Tuberculosis Care.

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Medical Anthropology, Global Health, Tuberculosis, Infectious Disease, Antibiotic Resistant Infections, Health and Human Rights, Social Determinants of Health,  Health Systems, Development, Postsocialism, Romania


  • PhD Anthropology City University of New York Graduate Center 2017
  • M.Phil Anthropology City University of New York Graduate Center 2008
  • BA Anthropology Central Connecticut State University 2003

Selected publications

 2020 "I wish one of these patients would sue us" : Malpractice at the policy level and how Romania is not treating M/XDR- TB this year. In Understanding Tuberculosis and its Control : Anthropological and Ethnographic Approaches Macdonald, Helen and Ian Harper, eds. New York: Routledge
2019. Kogieleum Naidoo, Santhanalakshmi Gengiah, Satvinder Singh, Jonathan Stillo, Nesri Padayatchi. Quality of TB care among People Living with HIV: Gaps and Solutions, Journal of Clinical Tuberculosis and Other Mycobacterial Diseases (2019), doi:
2019. Cox, Vivian, Helen Cox, Madhukar Pai, Jonathan Stillo, Brian Citro, Grania Brigden. Health care gaps in the global burden of drug-resistant tuberculosis. The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. 23. 2 (2019): 125-135.
2019. Oxana Rucsineanu, Jonathan Stillo, Andries, Georgeta, and Caitlin Cassady. The impact of long-term hospitalisation on psychosocial life of persons with tuberculosis. Prepared as part of the World Health Organization EURO TB-REP project supported by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.
2018. Rucşineanu, Oxana, Jonathan Stillo, Veronica Ateș and Inga Sorocean. Assessing the satisfaction level of tuberculosis patients in regards to medical services and community support during treatment. Prepared as part of the WHO EURO TB-REP project supported by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.
2018. Sommerfeld, Paul, Evgenia Geliukh, Lee Reichman, Jonathan Stillo, Sayohat Hasanova, Martin van den Boom, and Masoud Dara. Ambulatory Care and Infectiousness in Tuberculosis. Copenhagen: World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe. Available online at:
2017. Reuter, Anja, Phumeza Tisile, Dalene von Delft, Helen Cox, Vivian Cox, Lucica Ditiu, Antonio Garcia-Prats, Serena Koenig, Erica Lessem, Ruvandhi Nathavitharana, James A. Seddon, Jonathan Stillo, Arne von Delft, Jennifer Furin. “The Devil We Know: Is the Use of Injectable Agents for the Treatment of MDR-TB Justified?” The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. 21. 11 (2017): 1114-1126.
2017. Ndishimye, Pacifique, Bianka Domokos, Jonathan Stillo, Fouad Seghrouchni, Oulaya Mrabet, Daniela Homorodean, Carmen Monica Pop, and Abderrahim Sadak. “Risk Factors for Pulmonary Tuberculosis in Romania: A Matched Case - Control Study”. Clujul Medical. 90. 1 (2017): 54-59. Print.   
2017. Voitzwinkler, Fanny, Paul Sommerfeld, Jonathan Stillo, Nonna Turusbekova, Safarali Naimov, Ksenia Schchenina, Oxana Rucsineanu, and Yuliya Chorna. “Moving to People Centered Care: Achieving Better TB Outcomes” Guide for People-Centered TB Care Produced by TB Europe Coalition and Alliance for Public Health as part of the Global Fund Grant to the WHO Europe Office and Eastern Europe and Central Asian Countries (TB-REP)
2017. Stillo, Jonathan and Nonna Turusbekova. Romanian Integrated Community Support Services for Tuberculosis. Prepared for the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the Romanian National TB Control Program. ECDC, 2017.
2016. Stillo, Jonathan. “Unknown Unknowns: Poverty and Tuberculosis in Romania”. Europe Now Journal. 1 (2016). Web. <>
2015.   Stillo, Jonathan. “‘We Are the Losers of Socialism:’ The Limits of Bio-Citizenship and the Future of Care in Romania”. Anthropological Journal of European Cultures. 24(1) pp 132-140.
2015.   Lessem, Erica, Helen Cox, Colleen Daniels, Jennifer Furin, Lindsay McKenna, Carole D. Mitnick, Thato Mosidi, Caitlin Reed, Barbara Seaworth, Jonathan Stillo, Phumeza Tisile, and Dalene von Delft. “Access to New Medications for the Treatment of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis: Patient, Provider and Community Perspectives”. International Journal of Infectious Diseases. 32(1) pp 56-60.
2015.   World Health Organization (co-author). Review of the National Tuberculosis Programme in Romania, 10-21 March 2014. Geneva: World Health Organization.
2014.   Stillo, Jonathan. “TB in Romania: For Patients Waiting for XDR-TB Treatment in Romania, Someday Never Comes”. TB Europe Coalition. Available online at

2013   World Health Organization (co-author). Review of the National Tuberculosis Programme in the Republic of Moldova, 4-15 February 2013. Geneva: World Health Organization.

2013.   Diel, Roland, Joris Vandeputte, Gerard de Vries, Jonathan Stillo, Maryse Wanlin, and Albert Nienhaus. “Costs of Tuberculosis Disease in the EU - A Systematic Analysis and Cost Calculation”. European Respiratory Journal. 43(2) pp 554-565. 

2012.   Stillo, Jonathan. “Who Cares for the Caregivers: Romanian Women’s Experiences with Tuberculosis”. Anthropology Now.  4(1) pp 10-17.
2012.   Stillo, Jonathan. “An Obituary for Iulian, a Romanian XDR-TB Patient, Husband, Father and My Friend”. Cacophony: Communication across the Curriculum. Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute. Available online at
2012.   Stillo, Jonathan. “‘All My Problems Started with Tuberculosis:’ An Ethnographic Analysis of Treatment Failure in Romania”. IREX Scholar Research Brief. Available online at
2012.   Stillo, Jonathan. “Socially Incurable Tuberculosis: Romania’s Incurable, Curable Disease” (in Romanian). CriticAtac. Available online at

2011. Stillo, Jonathan. “The Romanian Tuberculosis Epidemic as a Symbol of Public Health”. Romania under Băsescu: Aspirations, Achievements, and Frustrations during His First Presidential Term. Ed. Ronald F. King and Paul E. Sum. Lantham, MD: Lexington Books, 2011. Print.




Currently teaching

  • Winter 2020

    ANT/PH/GLS 3410 Global Health

    ANT 3410 Honors Seminar in Global Health 





Courses taught

ANT 5700 Applied Anthropology Fall 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

ANT 7680 Medical Anthropology I Winter 2017, Fall 2019

ANT/PH/GLS 3410 Global Health Winter 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

ANT 3410 Honors Seminar in Global Health Winter 2020

ANT 3400 Introduction to Medical Anthropology (Medicine, Health, and Society) Winter 2018, 2019

ANT 7605 Global Health Equity (Seminar in Problems and Concepts in Medical Anthropology) Fall 2018

ANT  7995 Directed Study The Anthropology of Development Fall 2017

 ANT 7995 Directed Study Health in Eastern Europe and Central Asia Winter 2019

 ANT 7995 Directed Study in Global Health Fall 2019

Incremental coursework

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