Denis Regnier, MSc, PhD

Assistant Professor and Head of Humanities and Social Sciences

Denis Regnier is Assistant Professor and Head of Humanities and Social Sciences at UGHE. An anthropologist with extensive research experience in Madagascar and Tahiti, he has held postdoctoral positions at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris and the Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (F.R.S.-FNRS) in Brussels, as well as teaching positions at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the University of French Polynesia. He has studied philosophy as an undergraduate in Paris and gained an MSc in the Anthropology of Learning and Cognition and a PhD in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). 

Dr. Regnier’s long-term fieldwork in highland Madagascar focused on the stigmatization of slave descendants, and received funding from the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the LSE, the F.R.S.-FNRS and the European Research Council. He has published peer-reviewed articles on this issue and his first monograph, Slavery and Essentialism in Highland Madagascar: Ethnography, History, Cognition, is forthcoming with Routledge. His most recent research concerns family violence in French Polynesia.

Dr. Regnier’s initial interests in social inequality, rural livelihoods and traditional healing systems have broadened to global health and social justice issues. He aims to bring his anthropological research experience to bear on interventions that seek to improve primary health care in poor rural settings and the well-being of underserved communities.