Geoffrey P. Hunt, Ph.D., Executive Director & Senior Scientist

Dr. Hunt is a social and cultural anthropologist, who has had 30+ years experience in planning, conducting, and managing research in the field of youth studies, youth cultures and drug and alcohol research. Currently Dr. Hunt is Executive Director and Principal Investigator at the Institute for Scientific Analysis and Professor at the Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research (CRF) at the University of Aarhus.  He is Principal Investigator on two National Institutes on Health (NIH) projects: 1) Alcohol intoxication among LGBTQ young adults in the San Francisco Bay area and 2) Intoxication and gender among young adults in rural Northern California.  In addition, Dr. Hunt is also the Principal Investigator on two projects in Denmark. The first, funded by the Danish Research Council (DFF), is focused on immigrant youth perceptions of police. The second funded by the Helsefonden Foundation examines alcohol intoxication, sexual consent, harassment and violence among young adults.

Dr. Hunt has published widely in the field of substance use studies in many of the leading sociology, anthropology and criminology journals in the United States, the UK and the Nordic countries. In addition to peer-reviewed journal articles, he has published a number of books including: Klingemann, Takala and Hunt. (eds.) Cure, Care or Control: Alcoholism Treatment in Sixteen Countries. State University of New York Press (1992); Klingemann and G. Hunt. (eds.) Drugs, Demons, and Delinquents: Drug Treatment Systems in an International Perspective. Sage (1998); Hunt, Moloney and Evans Youth, Drugs, and Nightlife: Pleasures, Risks, and Identity. Routledge (2010); Hunt, Milhet and Bergson. (eds.) Drugs and Culture: Knowledge, Consumption and Policy. Ashgate (2011); and Kolind, Thom and Hunt (eds.) Handbook of Drug and Alcohol Studies, Vol. I: Sage. (2017).

Tamar M.J. Antin, DrPH., Senior Scientist

Tamar is a Principle Investigator and Senior Research Scientist at the Institute for Scientific Analysis. In 2015, she founded the Critical Public Health Research Group, and in 2018, the Center for Critical Public Health @ the Institute for Scientific Analysis was established under her directorship.  Tamar holds a DrPH from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.A.A. in Applied Anthropology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Texas, Austin. Tamar is committed to research that draws attention to the inequitable structures within which health practices are embedded and highlights the social processes that lead to inequities in health for people who experience social and economic marginalization. For example, she has examined the role of stigma in public health practice and policy-making by considering the intersections between health-related stigma (e.g. the stigma of being a smoker) and other social identity stigmas (e.g. ethnicity, social class, and/or gender).  She has applied a social practice approach for understanding how LGBTQ+ young adults navigate tobacco-related harms. And, more recently, she is considering how the social, economic, and political marginalization of residents living in more remote parts of California are connected to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs use practices. Tamar’s research has been funded by the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program and both the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism at the National Institutes of Health.

Find Dr. Tamar M.J. Antin on ResearchGate and PubMed

Maya Jang, M.A. Administrator

Maya Jang brings a wealth of social science and administrative experience to the position of ISA Administrator. She holds a Master’s degree in developmental psychology from San Francisco State University, a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of California, Berkeley, and worked as a Research Assistant and Project Coordinator before becoming the Administrative Manager of Four Winds Research Corporation in 1996. She took over the position of Administrator for ISA in 1999.