Dr. William H. Jansen II, B.A., Anthropology, 1971
UK Alumni Global Impact Award
The 2022 Alumni Global Impact Award recognizes the outstanding career and achievements of Dr. William H. Jansen II (B.A., Anthropology, 1971). After going on to earn his M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Wisconsin Madison, Bill Jansen devoted a long and distinguished career to applying the strengths of anthropological inquiry and deep understanding of cultural context on pressing global health issues around the world. His work with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) led to extended stays in the Canadian Arctic, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Jordan, Morocco, and Zimbabwe, as well as shorter tenures in Benin, Bolivia, Cambodia, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Paraguay, Rwanda, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, and Uganda. His work around the world addressed such critical issues as protection of indigenous ancestral lands, improving maternal and child health, controlling malaria and tuberculosis, and mitigating the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa.