Eric J. Bailey

(PhD, Wayne State University, 1988, MPH, Emory University, 1996)
Office: 209 Flanagan Buildling
Telephone: (252) 328-9448

About Me

I am a Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Public Health. In the department of anthropology, I teach undergraduate courses and in the department of public health, I teach graduate courses. Courses that I teach are Cultural Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Professional Development Anthropology, Global Public Health, African American Health, Ethnic Health and Health Disparities, and Capstone Experience in Ethnic Health and Health Disparities. To learn more about my courses and some of the current student activities, I developed my university teaching blog entitled, “Course Happenings.” Feel free to view the latest Course Happenings at:

I am also founder and Director of the new Ethnic and Rural Health Disparities (ERHD) Graduate Certificate Online Program at East Carolina University. It is a 12-credit graduate certificate online program designed specifically to provide medical and public health professionals with a new set of culturally competent public health skill sets for today’s diverse, ethnic, rural and global populations. This online graduate certificate program is based in the department of public health. It is a federally funded program by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. We offer partial scholarships for graduate students to take the masters of public health training courses. Feel free to view the latest ERHD program activities at:

I have also created a new set of online medical and health modules in collaboration with the Division of Continuing Studies at East Carolina University. These online modules are designed for anyone who wants to better understand health issues and improve their skills in working with today’s diverse populations. Feel free to view my latest continuing professional education modules at:

I consider myself an applied medical anthropologist with public health expertise. I have broad-based research experience in several chronic diseases including obesity, hypertension, diabetes, prenatal care, cancer, alternative medicine, HIV/AIDS. I have published research findings in books, scholarly journals and lectured for the past 25 years on issues related to medical anthropology, health disparities, global public health, African American health, alternative medicine, and culturally competent public health programs. Feel free to view my latest activities at my Medical Anthropologist blog at:

My new book (scheduled to be published in 2013), “The New Face of America: How the Emerging Multiracial, Multiethnic Majority is Changing the United States,” investigates what it means to be multiracial and/or multiethnic in the United States, examining issues involved from personal, societal, and cultural perspectives. Another one of my books entitled, “The Cultural Rights Movement: Fulfilling the Promise of Civil Rights for African Americans (2010),”was an in-depth look at the Obama Administration’s initiatives as they relate to the African American community and a survey of civil rights issues that needed to be reexamined in light of Obama’s election. Additionally, my book entitled, “Food Choice and Obesity in Black America (2006),” used a cultural and holistic analysis of African American food preferences to show how black Americans generally perceive health, body image, food, dieting, physical fitness, and exercise. I offered a new “cultural” diet for African Americans and a prescription for working collectively, not only to understand this critical health issue, but also to establish a lifestyle strategy that will be both effective and manageable. Other book publications include “Black America, Body Beautiful: How the African American Image is Changing Fashion, Fitness and Other Industries”(2008), “African American Alternative Medicine: Using Alternative Medicine to Prevent and Control Chronic Diseases”(2002), “Medical Anthropology and African American Health”(2000), and “Urban African American Health”(1991).

Before I arrived at East Carolina University, I was the Program Director for the Urban Public Health program in the Masters of Public Health Program at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science (Los Angeles, CA). My activities included administrating, developing, reorganizing and restructuring their Urban Public Health program.

Before my arrival at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, I was a Health Scientist Administrator/Program Director at the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (before the Center became an Institute) at the National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, MD). My activities included administrating, organizing and coordinating the major Minority-Serving Institution Annual and Performance Reports for NIH to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Before my arrival at the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, I was Program Director in another NIH institute – the Comprehensive Minority Biomedical Branch of the National Cancer Institute. My activities included administrating, coordinating and recruiting health professionals for the predoctoral fellowships that our branch offered.

Before my arrival at the National Institutes of Health, I spent one year as a Senior Research Associate Professor at the Arkansas Cancer Research Center (ACRC) of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (Little Rock, AR). My activities included administrating, researching and developing new multicultural and multiethnic cancer outreach grant initiatives for the university and the state of Arkansas.

Before my arrival at the University of Arkansas, I was an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University (Indianapolis) for nine years and an Assistant Professor at the University of Houston for two years. I also completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship program in HIV/AIDS at Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where I worked in the Tuberculosis Division and the Associate Director’s Office for Minority Health (1993-1995).

I received my doctorate in Anthropology from Wayne State University (Detroit, MI - 1988), a Masters of Public Health from Emory University (Atlanta, GA – 1996), and a Masters and Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology from Miami University, OH – 1983 and 1980).

On a personal note, I am married to my wife Gloria and we have three children: Ebony, Darrien, and Marcus. I enjoy playing all types of sports and I particularly prefer football because this is the sport that I played in elementary, middle school, high school (Xenia, OH) and college (Miami Univ. OH). I also like to write fiction and non-fiction books and conduct training classes for various businesses and organizations when I have the extra time. Throughout my professional career, my family and I have lived in and enjoyed such cities as Los Angeles, CA (actually just outside of L.A. in San Pedro, CA), Washington DC (actually just outside of DC – Gaithersburg and Frederick, MD), Little Rock, Arkansas, Indianapolis, Indiana, Atlanta, Georgia, Houston, Texas, Detroit, Michigan, and Cincinnati, Ohio. My two pet peeves that bother me the most are guys speaking on their cell phones loudly in the restroom (really?) and people who are road raging tailgaters.

Selected Publications


Bailey, Eric (2013). The New Face of America: How the Emerging Multiracial, Multiethnic Majority is Changing the United States. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishers (scheduled for publication).

Bailey, Eric (2010). The Cultural Rights Movement: Fulfilling the Promise of Civil Rights for African Americans. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishers.

Bailey, Eric (2008). Black America, Body Beautiful: How the African American Image is Changing Fashion, Fitness, and Other Industries. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.

Bailey, Eric (2006). Food Choice and Obesity in Black America: Creating a New Cultural Diet. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.

Bailey, Eric (2002). Alternative Medicine and African American Health: Using Alternative Medicine to Prevent and Control Chronic Diseases.Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.

Bailey, Eric (2000). Medical Anthropology and African American Health. Westport, CT: Bergin & Garvey.

Bailey, Eric (1991). Urban African American Health Care. New York: University Press of America.

Book Chapters

Bailey, Eric and Jacqueline Watson (2004). Complementary and Alternative Health Practices in the Black Community: Existing and Emergent Trends in the Praeger Handbook of Black American Health (2ndEdition): Policies and Issues Behind Disparities in Health.(Ed.) Ivor Livingston. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, Pgs: 627—637.

Bailey, Eric (2004) African Americans in the Encyclopedia of Medical Anthropology: Health and Illness in the World’s Cultures. Volume I and II.(Eds) Carol R. Ember and Melvin Ember. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers. Published in conjunction with the Human Relations Area Files at Yale University. Pgs: 545—557.

Journal articles

Bailey, Eric et al. 2000. Increasing Mammography Utilization among African American Women: A Cultural Approach. Journal of the National Medical Association92: 136—142.

Bailey, Eric. 1994. The Health Care Status of African Americans in Indianapolis. Journal of the National Medical Association86: 853—856.

Bailey, Eric. 1994. The Medical Anthropologist as Health Department Consultant. Practicing Anthropology16:1:13—15.

Bailey, Eric. 1991. Hypertension: An Ethnomedical Analysis of Detroit African American Treatment Patterns. Human Organization50:287—296.

Bailey, Eric. 1991. Community Health Screening Programs for African Americans and the Medical Anthropologist. Social Science & Medicine32:1269—1274.

Department News

On February 19th, the Department celebrated National Anthropology Day by hosting a public open house. Displays were presented in the labs, and mini-lectures and anthropology films were presented. 

The North Carolina Studies program hosted Dr. Christine Avenarius for her lecture "What sea-level rise? An ethnographic account of Dare, Tyrrell and Hyde County residents' observations about environmental change".

Check out the latest Department of Anthropology Spring 2015 newsletter highlighting some of our recent activities! Download a copy here.

 Linked by live video conferencing, Internet chat software and social media, ECU students were connected with their counterparts in different countries. Anthropology 1050: Global Understanding connected with Algerian students to discuss their cultures. Read the full article at

New edited volume from the British Archaeological Reports: Excavations in the Western Negev Highlands by Dr. Benjamin Saidel and Dr. Mordechai Haiman (Israel Antiquities Authority).

Discovery is a core characteristic of pirates at ECU! See our Anthropology summer field school student, Mansi Trivedi, explain some of the discoveries in Jordan on the latest ECU Values video.

 On Tuesday January 27, Dr. Bailey and three other professors shared the ins and outs of writing and publishing. This panel of authors answered questions about why they chose to write books, how they select their publishers, and how they balance teaching, research, and writing: offering advice for would-be authors based on personal experience.