Dr. Ana Ning has a broad range of academic interests. Originally trained as a social anthropologist, her teaching, research and publishing activities are committed to interdisciplinary scholarship that integrates academic and community needs.

Her published research has focused on the areas of addiction and mental health and complementary and alternative health care with wider application in public policy and clinical settings. While her published research has focused on health-related issues, her interests and perspectives are also relevant to diverse topics including social theory, crime, social control, as well as culture, gender and ethnic social relations.

Her own multicultural background with lived experiences in East Asia, Africa and Europe prior to settling in Canada is well suited to her work with multicultural and multilingual populations.