Selected Works


Hannig, Anita. 2022. The Day I Die: The Untold Story of Assisted Dying in America. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks.

Hannig, Anita. 2017. Beyond Surgery: Injury, Healing, and Religion at an Ethiopian Hospital. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Winner of the 2018 Eileen Basker Memorial Prize, Society for Medical Anthropology, American Anthropological Association.

Public Media

Hannig, Anita. “Walking toward a Good Death.” Book excerpt from The Day I Die, Brandeis Magazine, Summer, 2022.

Hannig, Anita. “When abortion is ‘an unimaginable act of surrender.” Cognoscenti, July 7, 2022.

Hannig, Anita. “Medical aid in dying is still called ‘assisted suicide’; an anthropologist explains the problem with that.” The Conversation, July 6, 2022.

Hannig, Anita. “Living with the Prospect of Assisted Dying.” Book excerpt from The Day I Die, SAPIENS, June 15, 2022.

Hannig, Anita. “On my first Mother’s Day, I’m honoring the profound link between birth and death.” Cognoscenti, May 6, 2022.

Hannig, Anita. “Nothin’ about the Blues.” Book excerpt from The Day I Die, Next Avenue, May 3, 2022.

Hannig, Anita. “Allow terminally ill patients from out of state to access aid-in-dying.” The Seattle Times, April 4, 2022.

Hannig, Anita. “Dying Virtually: Pandemic Drives Medically Assisted Deaths Online.” The Conversation, June 2, 2020. Republished by The National Interest.

Hannig, Anita. “COVID-19 Won’t Let Us Forget Our Maddening, Precious Mortality.” Cognoscenti, May 4, 2020.

Hannig, Anita. “The Complicated Science of a Medically Assisted Death.” Quillette, March 18, 2020.

Hannig, Anita. “Assisted Dying Is Not the Easy Way Out.” The Conversation, February 18, 2020. Republished by The National Interest under “7 in 10 Americans Support ‘Assisted Dying.’ Here Is What You Don’t Realize.”

Hannig, Anita. “How Our Assisted Dying Laws Work Against Some People Who Suffer The Most.” Cognoscenti, February 4, 2020.

Hannig, Anita. “Death and Dying 101.” SAPIENS, October 3, 2017.

Republished by Undark Magazine under “Talking about Death: An Anthropologist’s View.”

Featured in The New York Times “What We’re Reading” section.

Podcasts & TV & Miscellany

“Will added restrictions help Connecticut’s new medical aid-in-dying bill pass this time around?” Where We Live, Connecticut Public Radio WNPR, 2023.

“Right to Die: Focus on Palliative, Hospice Care and Physician-assisted Death.” The Point, Arirang TV, 2022.

“The Day I Die: The Untold Story of Assisted Dying in America.” New York Journal of Books book review, Karl Wolff, 2022.

“The Day I Die: The Untold Story of Assisted Dying in America.” End of Life Choices California book review, Fran Moreland Johns, 2022.

“The Story Of Medically Assisted Death In America.” Diane Rehm: On My Mind podcast, hosted by Diane Rehm, 2022.

“What You Need to Know about Medical Aid in Dying: A Discussion with Author Anita Hannig.” The Heart of Hospice podcast, hosted by Jerry Fenter and Helen Bauer, 2022.

“Aid in Dying Laws.” Interview with host Ethan Elkind for State of the Bay, KALW Public Media, 2022.

“‘We Have to Make a Concerted Effort to Be Less Alienated from Death and Dying.'” Interview for Next Avenue, 2022.

“Too many Americans still can’t talk about death, even after 15 months of pandemic.” Interview for The Boston Globe, 2021.

“The coronavirus is forcing Americans to reckon with death like never before.” Interview for Insider, 2020.

“Pandemic narrows Americans’ cultural distance from death and dying.” Interview for the National Catholic Reporter, 2020.

“Website that helps you plan for death finds success with millennials.” Interview for Mashable, 2020.

“Would you lie to your loved one about dying? Awkwafina’s ‘The Farewell’ raises complex questions.” Interview for USA TODAY, 2019.

“Thinking through Medical Aid-in-Dying.” Interview for Cultural Anthropology, 2019.

“Bodies: Ghostbot.” Flash Forward podcast, hosted by Rose Eveleth, 2019.

“How Death Disappeared from Halloween.” Interview for The Washington Post, 2018.

“White Noise”. Long Before the End podcast, hosted by Michael Hamilton and Jed Beitler, 2018.

“Beyond Surgery.” New Books Network podcast, hosted by Erin Freas-Smith, 2017.

“Last Rights.” Interview for Chronicle, WCVB Channel Five, hosted by Anthony Everett, 2017.

“The Craft of Writing.” This Anthro Life podcast, hosted by Adam Gamwell and Ryan Collins, 2017.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Hannig, Anita. 2019. “Author(iz)ing Death: Medical Aid-in-Dying and the Morality of Suicide.” Cultural Anthropology 34(1): 53–77.

Heller, Alison, and Anita Hannig. 2017. “Unsettling the Fistula Narrative: Cultural Pathology, Biomedical Redemption, and Inequities of Health Access in Niger and Ethiopia.” Anthropology & Medicine 24(1): 81-95.

Hannig, Anita. 2015. “Sick Healers: Chronic Affliction and the Authority of Experience at an Ethiopian Hospital.” American Anthropologist 117(4): 640–651.

Hannig, Anita. 2014. “Spiritual Border Crossings: Childbirth, Postpartum Seclusion, and Religious Alterity in Amhara, Ethiopia.” Africa 84(2): 294–313.

Hannig, Anita. 2013. “The Pure and the Pious: Corporeality, Flow, and Transgression in Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity.” Journal of Religion in Africa 43(3): 297–328.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

Hannig, Anita. 2022. “Science and Sanctity: Biomedicine and Christianity at an Ethiopian Hospital.” In The Work of Hospitals: Global Medicine in Local Cultures. William Olsen and Carolyn Sargent, eds. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. Pp. 34-48.