Department of Anthropology

Jack Tocco


Office: Science East, rm. 5009
Phone: (973) 720-3907
Office Hours:

Position: Visiting Assistant Professor

Area Specialization
Medical Anthropology, Global Health, HIV, Sexuality and Gender, Nigeria


Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia University (HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies)

Ph.D. University of Michigan (Anthropology)

M.P.H. University of Michigan (Health Behavior & Health Education)

M.A. School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK (Social Anthropology)

B.A. University of Michigan (Philosophy)


  • Health & Healing: Biocultural Perspectives
  • Research Methods in Anthropology
  • Origins & Diversity of Humankind
  • Sex, Gender, & Sexuality
  • African Cultures

Selected Publications

  • Masvawure T, Mantell J, Tocco J, Gichangi P, Restar A, Chabeda S, Lafort Y, Sandfort T. (In press) Intentional and unintentional condom breakage in the sexual interactions of female and male sex workers and clients in Mombasa, Kenya. AIDS and Behavior.
  • Tocco J. (2017) The Islamification of antiretroviral therapy: Reconciling HIV treatment and religion in northern Nigeria. Social Science & Medicine 190: 75-82. DOI 10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.08.017
  • Siegel K, Meunier É, Tocco J, Lekas H-M. (2017) Reproductive desires and deterrents of HIV-positive men in heterosexual relationships in New York City. AIDS and Behavior. Online ahead of print 19 July 2017. DOI 10.1007/s10461-017-1864-9.
  • Restar A, Tocco J, Mantell J, Lafort Y, Gichangi P, Masvawure T, Vusha S, Sandfort T. (2017) Perspectives on HIV pre- and post- exposure prophylaxes (PrEP/PEP) among female and male sex workers in Mombasa, Kenya: Implications for integrating biomedical prevention into sexual health services. AIDS Education and Prevention 29(2): 141-153. DOI 10.1521/aeap.2017.29.2.141
  • Mantell J, Tocco J, Osmand T, Sandfort T, Lane T. (2016) Switching on after nine: Black gay-identified men’s perceptions of sexual identities and partnerships in South African towns. Global Public Health 11(7-8): 953-965.
  • Stein Z, Tocco J, Mantell J, Smith R. (2014) To hasten Ebola containment, mobilise survivors. International Journal of Epidemiology 43(6): 1679-80.
  • Tocco, J. (2014) ‘Prophetic medicine, antiretrovirals, and the therapeutic economy of HIV in Northern Nigeria.' In: Religion and AIDS Treatment in Africa: Saving Souls, Prolonging Lives. Rijk van Dijk, Hansjöerg Dilger, Marian Burchardt, and Thera Rasing, eds. Farnham: Ashgate Publishing. Pp. 119-145.
  • Tocco, J. (2014) 'The mode of transmission that dare not speak its name: Islam and the public secret of male homosexuality.' In: Strings Attached: AIDS and the Rise of Transnational Connections in Africa. Nadine Beckmann, Alessandro Gusman, and Catrine Schroff, eds. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. Pp. 311-335.
  • Graham LF, Crissman HP, Tocco J, Lopez W, Snow RC, Padilla M. (2014) Navigating community institutions: Black transgender women’s experiences in schools, the criminal justice system, and churches. Sexuality Research and Social Policy 11(4): 274-287. DOI 10.1007/s13178-014-0144-y. 14pp. [NB: See erratum published by journal showing full authorship information: 11(4): 363. DOI 10.1007/s13178-014-0152-y]
  • Graham LF, Crissman HP, Tocco J, Hughes LA, Snow RC, Padilla M. (2014) Interpersonal relationships and social support: The transitioning narratives of Black transgender women in Detroit. International Journal of Transgenderism 15(2): 100-113.
  • Adebajo S, Eluwa G, Tocco J, Ahonsi B, Abiodun L, Anene O, Akpona D, Karlyn A, Kellerman S. (2013) Estimating the number of male sex workers with the capture—re-capture technique in Nigeria. African Journal of Reproductive Health 17(4): 83-89.
  • Tocco, J. (2010) ‘Every disease has its cure’: Faith and HIV therapies in Islamic Northern Nigeria. African Journal of AIDS Research 9(4): 385-395.