Assistant Professor, Medicine and Society


(989) 774-1502

Foust Hall 127
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859


M. Ariel Cascio, Ph.D, is Assistant Professor in Foundational Sciences and co-directs the longitudinal Medicine and Society Course. Dr. Cascio joined the faculty in 2019 with a background in anthropology (Ph.D. 2015, Case Western Reserve University) and pragmatic health ethics (postdoctoral fellowship 2016-2019, Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal), bringing expertise in the social science of medicine and medical humanities.

Dr. Cascio’s research focuses on autism, cognitive difference and disability, and neurodiversity in Europe and North America, with a particular focus on Italy. Additional research areas include medical education and uncertainty in medicine. Dr. Cascio uses primarily qualitative and ethnographic research methods. This research has been funded, in part, by the U.S-Italy Binational Fulbright Commission and the SSHRC Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.


  • Fellowship: Neuroethics/Pragmatic Health Ethics, Institut de recherches cliniques de Montreal Neurology & Neurosurgery, McGill University
  • Graduate School: Ph.D. (Anthropology) Case Western Reserve University