Eugene Raikhel, University of Chicago bio
Eugene Raikhel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago. A medical and cultural anthropologist by training, he is particularly interested in the circulation of new forms of knowledge and clinical intervention produced by biomedicine, neuroscience and psychiatry. He is currently completing a book which examines the political-economic, epidemiological and clinical changes that have transformed the knowledge and medical management of alcoholism and addiction in Russia over the past twenty years. With William Garriott he is editor of Addiction Trajectories (Duke UP, 2013). Eugene is the founder and Editor of Somatosphere.
Todd Meyers, Wayne State University bio
Todd Meyers is Assistant Professor of Medical Anthropology at Wayne State University. He is the author of The Clinic and Elsewhere: Addiction, Adolescents, and the Afterlife of Therapy(U Washington Press, 2013) and (with Stefanos Geroulanos) Experimente im Individuum: Kurt Goldstein und die Frage des Organismus (Berlin: August Verlag, 2013). Todd co-edits the Forms of Living book series at Fordham University Press and is the Associate Editor of Somatosphere..
Book Reviews Editor
Seth Messinger, Center for Rehabilitation Sciences Research, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences bio
Seth Messinger is a researcher with the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences Research at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. He received his PhD in anthropology from Columbia University in 2003, and from 2002 – 2004 held an NIMH funded postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research at Rutgers University. His research interests include the anthropology of biomedicine and psychiatry, trauma, memory, and history. Seth is the Book Reviews Editor for Somatosphere.
In the Journals Editor
Aaron Seaman, University of Chicago bio
Aaron Seaman is a PhD candidate in the Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago. His dissertation research focuses on the production, cultivation and enactment of caregiving expertise among people with dementia, their family caregivers, and the biomedical community with whom they interact. Aaron is the In the Journals Editor for Somatosphere.
Web Roundup Editor
Melanie Boeckmann, University of Bremen bio
Melanie Boeckmann is a PhD candidate in the Department of Public Health at the University of Bremen, Germany, and associated with the Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology – BIPS. In her dissertation, Melanie researches the effects of climate change on human health with a focus on urban health, adaptation and evaluation research and on theories of risk and vulnerability. Melanie is the Web Roundup Editor for Somatosphere.
Deanna Day, Chemical Heritage Foundation bio
Deanna Day is a writer, editor, and historian of medicine and technology. Her research focuses on the history of consumer technologies and the ways they enable users to understand their bodies and identities. She received her PhD in history and sociology of science at the University of Pennsylvania in 2014, where she wrote her dissertation on the history of the thermometer and women’s domestic medical labor. She is currently a John C. Haas Postdoctoral Fellow at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. Deanna is the Managing Editor for Somatosphere.
Dominique Béhague, Vanderbilt University and King’s College London bio
Dominique P. Béhague is a social anthropologist and critical health scholar. Her research on Brazilian social psychiatry, adolescent psychopathology, and evidence production in global health is underpinned by an interest in the social, political and material life of marginalized epistemic values and practices. She is Associate Professor of Medicine, Health and Society at Vanderbilt University; Senior Lecturer at the Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine at King’s College London; and Honorary Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Betsey Brada, Princeton University bio
Betsey Brada is a postdoctoral research associate in the Center for Health and Wellbeing at Princeton University. She completed her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in sociocultural anthropology at the University of Chicago. Her dissertation, “Botswana as a Living Experiment,” draws on research conducted in southeastern Botswana between 2004 and 2008 to argue that the country’s free public HIV/AIDS treatment program demands radical transformations in both patients and health practitioners, generating new forms of self-knowledge and expertise and new ways of imagining and producing futures in the midst of a generalized epidemic. Her current project examines the impact of Botswana’s national HIV/AIDS treatment program on the country’s medical education system.
Suparna Choudhury, McGill University bio
Suparna Choudhury is an Assistant Professor at the Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry, McGill University and an Investigator at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research. She did her doctoral research in cognitive neuroscience at University College London, postdoctoral research in transcultural psychiatry at McGill and most recently directed an interdisciplinary research program on critical neuroscience and the developing brain at the Max Planck Institute for History of Science in Berlin. Her current work investigates the production and dissemination of biomedical knowledge – in particular cognitive neuroscience – that shapes the ways in which researchers, clinicians, patients and laypeople understand themselves, their mental health and their illness experiences. Dr. Choudhury’s research focuses primarily on the cases of the adolescent brain, cultural neuroscience and personalized genomic medicine.
Leo Coleman, Ohio State University bio
Leo Coleman is Assistant Professor of Comparative Studies at the Ohio State University. A cultural anthropologist by training, he researches technology, law, urbanism, and state formation in colonial India and Britain, as well as maintaining interests in science studies, food studies, kinship, and the anthropology of law and corporations. He is the editor of Food: Ethnographic Encounters (Berg, 2011), the author of several articles on urbanism and infrastructure, a contributor to the Companion to the Anthropology of India, the Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Solitude, and the forthcoming volume Regimes of Ignorance (Berghahn Books), and is working on a book about electrification and statecraft in twentieth-century India.
Thomas Cousins, Stellenbosch University bio
Thomas Cousins is a social anthropologist with particular interests in health, labour, kinship, and science studies. He completed a PhD at Johns Hopkins University in 2012 and now teaches in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Stellenbosch University. His doctoral dissertation was an ethnography of life around the timber plantations of northern KwaZulu-Natal, focusing on the logic and effects of a nutrition intervention for plantation workers in the context of a crisis of social reproduction and bodily capacity. He continues to conduct fieldwork on the intersections of nutrition and sanitation, the body, politics, and public health. Along with Lindsey Reynolds, Thomas developed Transcriptions – a forum on HIV/AIDS and global health, on Somatosphere.
Lukas Engelmann, University of Cambridge bio
Lukas Engelmann is a post-doc research associate at CRASSH, University of Cambridge, following the visual history of the Third Plague Pandemic in North and South America. He concluded his studies in History and Gender-Studies in Berlin in 2009 and received his PhD in History at the Humboldt University of Berlin in 2013. The dissertation engages with the visual history of AIDS/HIV, contributing to a broader perspective on visualizations in medial history and intervening with an interdisciplinary research design into the emerging field of the historiography of AIDS. His publications are mostly connected to the broad field of medical humanities and often framed by the relationship of modern history to anthropology.
Des Fitzgerald, King’s College, London bio
Des Fitzgerald is a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine at King’s College London. He completed his doctoral work in 2013, where he focused on attempts to understand the autism spectrum neurobiologically – describing the ways in which neuroscientific knowledge negotiates the space between the biological and diagnostic definitions of autism, the hopes and disappointments of high-tech bioscience, and the intellectual and affective labours of laboratory research. Des currently works at the ‘Urban Brain Lab’ at KCL, a project attempting to re-vitalize the relationship between sociology and psychiatry through a study of mental life and the city. A frequent cross-disciplinary researcher, Des is also interested in the politics and pragmatics of collaboration between the social and life sciences – and is committed to understanding what is intellectually and emotionally at stake in transdisciplinary research. A monograph on Re-thinking Interdisciplinarity, co-authored with Felicity Callard, is forthcoming from Palgrave in 2014.
Michele Friedner, Stony Brook University bio
Michele Friedner will join the faculty of the School of Health Technology and Management at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in July 2014. Until then she is a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Anthropology Program. Her research explores deaf and disabled peoples’ social, moral, and economic practices in post-liberalization urban areas of India. She is particularly interested in how deaf people imagine and work towards deaf futures and how disabled people navigate public space and use universalist discourses of accessibility. She is also interested in how disability might be represented, experienced, and perceived as a source of different kinds of social, moral, political, and economic value. She has a forthcoming book provisionally titled India’s Deaf Futures that is being published by Rutgers University Press and she has also published articles in Antipode, Medical Anthropology Quarterly, and Anthropology and Education Quarterly.
Nev Jones, Stanford University bio
Nev Jones is a postdoctoral fellow in psychiatric anthropology at Stanford University. Her disciplinary background spans continental philosophy and community psychology and her research centers on the phenomenology and sociocultural determinants of psychosis.
Frédéric Keck, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales bio
Frédéric Keck is a researcher at the Laboratoire d’anthropologie sociale (CNRS) in Paris. He has published works on the history of philosophy and social anthropology in France (Comte, Lévy-Bruhl, Lévi-Strauss) and translated Paul Rabinow’s French DNA into French. He now works on the management of animal diseases transmitted to humans, or zoonoses (Un monde grippé, Flammarion, 2010, Des hommes malades des animaux, L’Herne, 2012)
Janina Kehr, Institute for the History of Medicine, Zurich bio
Janina Kehr studied Anthropology and Political Sciences at the University of Göttingen and the University of California Santa Cruz. She received her PhD in Anthropology from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales Paris and the Humboldt University of Berlin in 2012. Since 2011, she has worked as researcher at the Institute for the History of Medicine in Zurich. Currently she is preparing a book manuscript entitled “Global Health at Home”, which looks at the governance of tuberculosis in two Western European countries, France and Germany, in the 21st century. Her new research project concerns medical belonging, health citizenship and biopolitical nostalgia in austerity Europe. She writes about ongoing research activities – more or less regularly – on her blog “Medical Modernities.”
Ann Kelly, University of Exeter bio
Ann Kelly is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Philosophy at the University of Exeter. Her work centers on the pragmatic dimensions of public health research in Africa, with special attention to the built-environments, material artefacts and practical labours of experimentation in former British colonies.
Hanna Kienzler, King’s College, London bio
Hanna Kienzler is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine at King’s College London and have a long-standing academic interest in the field of global health, in connection with organised violence, ethnic conflict, and complex emergencies, and their mental health outcomes. Within this broad field of inquiry, she is particularly interested in the social determinants of health and illness, gender based violence, trauma, PTSD, local idioms of distress, resilience, and local forms of healing as well as in the growing field of human rights and humanitarian and clinical interventions. She conducts research in Kosovo, Palestine, and Nepal.
Junko Kitanaka, Keio University bio
Junko Kitanaka teaches anthropology at Keio University in Tokyo. She is the author of Depression in Japan: Psychiatric Cures for a Society in Distress (Princeton UP, 2012), which received the American Anthropological Association’s Francis Hsu Prize for Best Book in East Asian Anthropology in 2013.
Christine Labuski, Virginia Tech bio
Christine Labuski is an assistant professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Virginia Tech, where she co-directs the Gender, Bodies & Technology conference and initiative. A former nurse practitioner, she is interested in the bodily accumulation of experience, with a particular focus on sex and gender as dynamic and evolving categories. Her ethnography It Hurts Down There: The Bodily Imaginaries of Female Genital Pain (forthcoming from SUNY Press), draws on fieldwork with vulvar pain patients to call for new feminist analyses of contemporary genital discourse and practice. Her current research examines female bodily comportment and gendered asymmetries in and around the Bakken oil fields in northwestern North Dakota.
Nadine Levin, University of Exeter bio
Nadine Levin is a Research Fellow at the University of Exeter, where she is exploring how Open Access and Open Data policies affect the practice of post-genomic research. She completed her DPhil in 2013 in Anthropology at Oxford University, with a dissertation that explored how researchers in the field of metabolomics create, analyze, and use data to make claims about metabolism and health. Her current research explores how metabolism is being configured in relation to big data, and what consequences this has for biomedicine.
Javier Lezaun, University of Oxford bio
Javier Lezaun is James Martin Lecturer in Science and Technology Governance and Deputy Director at the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society in the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography at the University of Oxford. For the past three years he has been directing the program BioProperty, which explores the practices of appropriation and exchange of biomedical research communities. He holds a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from Cornell University.
Stephanie Lloyd, Laval University bio
Stephanie Lloyd is a medical anthropologist in the Department of Anthropology at Laval University who explores the intersections of scientific and medical technologies and identity formation, with a particular interest in genetics and psychiatric knowledge and practices. Her current ethnography examines the production of epigenetic theories of suicide risk, focusing on efforts to construct distinctive biological profiles of “suicide completers”, shifting temporalities of risk, and the reimagination of the porous nature of human bodies and their interactions with the environment. Her fieldwork is based in Canada and France. Stephanie edits the Foreign Correspondents series for Somatosphere.
Tomas Matza, University of Pittsburgh bio
Tomas Matza is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh. His work has appeared in Cultural Anthropology, American Ethnologist, Critical Inquiry, and is forthcoming in Social Text. Along with Harris Solomon, Tomas developed and curated Commonplaces.
Neely Myers, Southern Methodist University bio
Neely Myers (Ph.D., Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago, 2009) is a sociocultural anthropologist specializing in medical and psychiatric anthropology in the United States, and — preliminarily -Tanzania. Her interests lie at the intersections of anthropology and psychiatry, with a particular focus on how people come to understand, experience, treat, and recover from serious emotional distress and extreme states (often called “madness”) that can cause psychiatric disability. The complex relationships between cultural context, care, and recovery has implications for people living with madness and their caregivers, as well as global mental health initiatives, the anthropology of care, and the anthropology of health/healing/becoming.
Michael J. Oldani, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater bio
Michael J. Oldani is an Associate Professor of Medical Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He received his doctorate from Princeton University in 2006. He specializes in the study of pharmaceutical culture and its impact on medicine/psychiatry, society, and individuals. His ethnographic research has focused on the sales activities of pharmaceutical salespersons, or “drug reps,” and their impact on doctor prescribing habits as well as the effects of psychiatric medication on personhood and family life.
Kane Race, University of Sydney bio
Kane Race is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Gender & Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. In much of his research, he has tracked the ways in which antiretroviral therapies have been redefining the terms of gay sexual and social life in Australia and comparable western contexts. He is the author of Pleasure Consuming Medicine: the queer politics of drugs (Duke UP, 2009) which critically examines how discourses of drug use (from medications to illicit drugs) have become moralized in neoliberal contexts, and develops a frame of ‘counterpublic health’ to address this process. He is currently engaged in research on how people come to confront themselves as subjects of illicit sexuality and risk (or not), a question whose significance is newly materializing in the context of HIV biomedical prevention initiatives.
Sadeq Rahimi, University of Saskatchewan bio
Sadeq Rahimi, MSc, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Medical Anthropology, and Associate Faculty in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Saskatchewan. Born in Iran, he moved to Canada in 1989 as a political refugee. He received his Ph.D. in Cultural Psychiatry at McGill University and training in Child Psychoanalysis in Montreal, followed by a 4 year Postdoctoral Fellow appointment in Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a 2 year Research Fellow appointment at the Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and clinical training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy. Dr. Rahimi’s main research focus on culture, subjectivity and mental illnesses has led to two main lines of research, on political subjectivity and on policy development. His current research includes a project on shifting political subjectivity in post-revolutionary Iran, a study of the dynamics and challenges of integration for the Muslim community in Canada, and an ongoing research project on needs assessment and policy recommendations for development of culturally competent mental health services in Saskatchewan, Canada.
Lindsey Reynolds, Stellenbosch University bio
Lindsey Reynolds is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Stellenbosch University. She is an interdisciplinary researcher, working at the boundaries of anthropology and public health. Drawing on insights from a decade of work on global health, humanitarian intervention, and the lives of young people and families in rural South Africa, her research interrogates the tensions inherent in processes of social reproduction and social change in the context of global health research and intervention in contemporary South Africa. Her long-term research interests are centered on investigating the social and ethical processes involved in the production of knowledge and implementation of programs and policies in global health. Lindsey completed a joint doctoral degree in 2012 in anthropology and public health at the Johns Hopkins University. Along with Thomas Cousins, Lindsey developed Transcriptions – a forum on HIV/AIDS and global health, on Somatosphere.
Natasha Dow Schüll, MIT bio
Natasha Dow Schüll is a cultural anthropologist and associate professor at MIT’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society. Her recent book, Addiction by Design: Machine Gambling in Las Vegas (Princeton University Press 2012), draws on extended research among compulsive gamblers and the designers of the slot machines they play to explore the relationship between technology design and the experience of addiction. Her current, ongoing research concerns the rise of digital self-tracking technologies and the new modes of introspection and self-governance they engender.
Nick Shapiro, Goldsmiths, University of London bio
Nick Shapiro is a postdoctoral researcher with the Citizen Sense Lab of Goldsmiths’ Sociology Department. His work revolves around the politics, poetics and logics of uneventful human harm in the United States as understood through case studies of chronic chemical exposure. He tracks the quasi-legal resale of 150,000 chemically contaminated emergency housing units (FEMA trailers) across the US and collaborates with his Citizen Sense colleagues on a pollution sensing participatory design project in an area of intensive natural gas extraction in Pennsylvania.
Jeffrey Snodgrass, Colorado State University bio
Jeffrey G. Snodgrass, Professor of Anthropology at Colorado State University, has published widely on caste, performance, and religion in India. He is currently working on two projects. First, he is interested to understand how culture-specific absorptive experiences, achievement motivations, and social interactions contribute to virtual worlds’ therapeutic and addictive dimensions. This research has begun with primarily U.S. gamers with plans to extend the project to France and India. Second, in NSF-funded research, he is working to understand how loss of access to forest spaces and resources – for example, through deforestation and displacement from a newly established wildlife preserve in central India – impact indigenous peoples’ health and systems of healing. He hopes empirical results from these and other projects will help him fuse insights from cultural psychiatry and neuroscience into more synthetic “biopsychocultural” accounts of mental health resilience.
Harris Solomon, Duke University bio
Harris Solomon is an anthropologist in the Department of Cultural Anthropology and the Duke Global Health Institute at Duke University. His research examines the intersections between bodies and environments in urban India. Along with Tomas Matza, Harris developed and curated Commonplaces.
Matthew Wolf-Meyer, University of California, Santa Cruz bio
Matthew Wolf-Meyer is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His work focuses on medicine, science and media in the United States to make sense of major modern-era shifts in the expert practices of science and medicine and popular representations of health. His book The Slumbering Masses: Sleep, Medicine and Modern American Life was the first book-length social scientific study of sleep in the United States. It offers insights into the complex lived realities of disorderly sleepers, the long history of sleep science, and the global impacts of the exportation of American sleep. He is currently finishing a book manuscript on the alternative histories of American neuroscience, seen through the lens of neurological disorders, tentatively titled The Other Century of the Brain: Disability, Neuroscience and the Politics of American Care. He is in the beginning stages of a project entitled The Colony Within on the history and contemporary medicalization of digestion and excretion in the U.S.
Janelle Taylor, University of Washington bio
Janelle S. Taylor is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Washington, and author of The Public Life of the Fetal Sonogram: Technology, Consumption, and the Politics of Reproduction (Rutgers University Press, 2008) as well as articles about a variety of topics including cultural competency, end-of-life decision-making, standardized patient performances, and dementia.
Livia Velpry, University of Paris VIII bio
Livia Velpry is a medical sociologist in the Department of Sociology in the University of Paris VIII. She is author of Le quotidien de la psychiatrie. Sociologie de la maladie mentale (Armand Colin, 2008).
Ian Whitmarsh, University of California-San Francisco bio
Ian Whitmarsh is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine at the University of California San Francisco. His research focuses on biomedical links made between desire and suffering and the ethics and aesthetics of being healthy. His anthropological interests are in ties between anthropology and psychoanalysis; formations of ethnicity; resonances between “religious” and “secular” techniques; and Claude Levi-Strauss. His recent articles have drawn on Lacan to write about the idea of American race science as a “cathartic science”; Gregory Bateson to explore compliance techniques as a “medical schismogenics”; and Claude Levi-Strauss to explore the “environment” as a supplementarity in gene-environment research. He is Director of the UCSF side of the joint-UC Berkeley/UC San Francisco PhD. Program in Medical Anthropology.
Emily Yates-Doerr, University of Amsterdam bio
Emily Yates-Doerr is a postdoctoral fellow at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research. She is carrying out an ethnographic project on the formation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals that documents how global health, agricultural, and economic interests converge over concerns for hunger, climate change, food price, and chronic illness. Her previous research examined the emergence of obesity as a diagnostic category in Guatemala.
Elle Nurmi bio
Elle Nurmi finished her Masters degree in Slavic Linguistics at the University of Chicago in 2013 and now works as an analyst. Her major research interests include mental illness and conceptions of violence in the internet age, as well as gender politics in modern Eastern Europe.
Kalman Applbaum, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee bio
Kalman Applbaum teaches medical anthropology and global studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His research has concerned the marketing, prescribing and use of psychiatric medicines in the US and Japan.
Amy Cooper, Muhlenberg College bio
Amy Cooper is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Muhlenberg College. Her research interests include medicine, the body, mental health and psychiatry, homelessness, and aging; the anthropological study of citizenship and political activism; and Latin American and Caribbean studies. Her research focuses on the relationships between political ideologies, public health systems, and local formulations of bodies, medicine, and subjectivity. She has conducted ethnographic research on these topics in urban Venezuela, Cuba, and the United States. Amy received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago’s Department of Comparative Human Development in 2012.
Paul Wenzel Geissler, University of Oslo bio
Paul Wenzel Geissler teaches social anthropology at the Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo, and the London School of Hygiene. His research explores the practice of scientific research and collaboration in Africa, combining ethnography and history. His most recent books are the monograph The Land is Dying (2010; with Ruth Prince), and Evidence, Ethos and Experiment: the anthropology and history of medical research in Africa (2011; edited with Sassy Molyneux).
Erin Koch, University of Kentucky bio
Erin Koch is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Kentucky. Her research and teaching interests include anthropological studies of medicine, science and technology; infectious disease; humanitarianism; postsocialism; and anthropological theories and methods. She is the author of Free Market Tuberculosis: Managing Epidemics in post-Soviet Georgia (Vaderbilt 2013) which examins the effects of Soviet collapse on tuberculosis and responses to tuberculosis in Georgia, and what counts as expert knowledge in the face of WHO-directed biomedical standardization. Her current research in Georgia investigates health effects of displacement and humanitarian interventions. She is interested in how health care, policy and aid organizations produce moral claims to organize institutions, social spaces, and diagnoses as they bring relief—and distress—to displaced populations. Erin’s subsequent project will examine Georgian scientific innovation in the use of bacteriophage treatments to combat bacterial infections in humans. This research will investigate how infectious diseases and responses to them are produced through dynamic human-microbe relationships in which moral claims about infected populations, national health care systems, global health policies, and the commodification and regulation of living entities (viruses) as antibacterial agents are contested and negotiated.
In the Journals Contributors
Jason Alley, University of California, Santa Cruz bio
Jason Alley brings overlapping interests in anthropology, film and cultural studies to his research and writing. He is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Sultana Banulescu, City University of New York, Graduate Center bio
Sultana Banulescu is a PhD candidate in History at the City University of New York Graduate Center. She holds an MA degree in History of Science from Princeton University, an MS degree in Physiology and Biophysics from the University of Iowa, an MD degree from Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, Romania, and a BS degree in Biochemistry from the University of Bucharest. Sultana’s dissertation explores the political, religious, and artistic dynamics of Italian psychoanalysis between 1908 and 1948. Her research interests include modern European history, cultural and intellectual history, history of science and medicine, and medical humanities.
Jessica Cooper, Princeton University bio
Jessica Cooper is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Princeton. She is broadly interested in the intersections of legal and medical anthropology. Her research explores constructions of biomedical knowledge and liberal governance in mental and behavioral health courts in the United States.
Elizabeth Lewis, University of Texas at Austin bio
Elizabeth Lewis is a doctoral student at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on shifting conceptions of disability, particularly deafblindness and multiple disabilities. She is particularly interested in the intersections of medical anthropology, affect, and disability studies, and her current research probes how dynamic realities of disability unfold in everyday life. She has conducted ethnographic research in Guatemala and Nicaragua, as well as in the U.S.
Francis Mckay, University of Chicago bio
Francis Mckay is a Joint PhD Candidate in Anthropology and the Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science at the University of Chicago. His focus is on the science and politics of well-being in the United States, and how the concept of well-being is reconfiguring the notion of biopower in the twenty-first century. His ethnographic research focuses specifically on mindfulness practices in the U.S. and the UK, and situates that more broadly withing other “happiness sciences” that have emerged over the past decades: contemplative studies, positive and hedonic psychology, and the economics of happiness. Other interests include science and religion, continental philosophy of science, psychological and medical anthropology, and STS.
Thurka Sangaramoorthy, University of Maryland bio
Thurka Sangaramoorthy is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is a medical anthropologist who studies the relationships between the everyday lived experiences of individuals and communities and the biopolitics of global health institutions, neoliberal health policies, and enumerative practices. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of medical anthropology, science and technology studies, anthropology of medicine, global public health, HIV/AIDS, critical race theory, and citizenship. Currently, she is completing a book manuscript with Rutgers based on her research chronicling how medical, epidemiological, and social constructions of HIV/AIDS link pathology to racial, ethnic, and immigrant identities at a time when critical debates over race, ethnicity, and nation continue to gain traction in academic and public spheres. She received her PhD in medical anthropology from UCSF/UC Berkeley and her MPH from Columbia University.
Serena Stein, Princeton University bio
Serena Stein is a PhD student at Princeton in Anthropology, working at the intersection of metabolic syndrome, social inequality, bariatric surgery, and linkages among food production/processing technologies, social policies and healthcare in Brazil.
Anna Zogas, University of Washington bio
Anna Zogas is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Washington. Her dissertation research is about how medical uncertainty and disability compensation practices intersect to shape the phenomenon of mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the US military healthcare system and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Web Roundup Contributors
Sara M. Bergstresser bio
Sara Bergstresser is a medical and cultural anthropologist, and her research addresses the intersection of health and society, including mental health policy and stigma, global bioethics, disability studies, and religion and health. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from Brown University and an MPH from Harvard University.
Emily Goldsher-Diamond, New York University bio
Emily Goldsher-Diamond is an MA student in the Media, Culture & Communication department at New York University. Her research interests include medical anthropology and science studies as they relate to the issues of prosthetics, enhancement technology and organ transfer. She is an Associate Editor at literary culture site Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Emily plans to pursue her PhD in Medical Anthropology, STS or a related interdisciplinary field.
Silvia Rossi, University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense bio
Silvia Rossi is a PhD student in Italian Literature at the University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense. Her PhD project focuses on the connection between writing and sickness in autobiographies of people suffering from cancer. She works for the website cancercontribution.fr
Lily Shapiro, University of Washington bio
Lily Shapiro is a graduate student in Sociocultural Anthropology at the University of Washington, Seattle with a focus on medical anthropology and South Asian Studies. Her research concerns factory accidents and reconstructive plastic surgery in South India; through this lens she is interested in exploring the body, occupational health, labor, and the globalization of medical expertise and technologies.
Top of the Heap Contributors
Ekaterina Anderson, Boston University bio
Ekaterina Anderson is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at Boston University. She plans to conduct research on how the cultural competence movement and mental health care reform in Israel jointly affect everyday experiences, practices, and decisions in clinical settings.
Maria Cecilia Dedios, University of Chicago bio
Maria Cecilia Dedios is recently completed a master’s program in the Social Sciences with concentration in Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago. Her current research is focused on culture and psychosocial development under conditions of political violence among young adults in Colombia.
Lara Braff; University of California, San Diego bio
Lara Braff received her PhD from the University of Chicago’s Department of Comparative Human Development in 2010. She is now a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for US-Mexican Studies at UCSD. Her ethnographic research examines the cultural implications and lived experiences of globalized biosciences – namely, assisted reproductive technologies and genetic sciences – in Mexico. Her broader research interests include the anthropologies of medicine/health, science/technology, gender/kinship, personhood, and the body.
Basak Can, University of Pennsylvania bio
Basak Can is a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation tracked the relationship between political violence and its scientific bureaucratic inscriptions in Turkey.
Matthew Dalstrom, Rockford College bio
Matthew Dalstrom is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Rockford College. In 2010 he received his PhD in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His research and teaching interests include medical anthropology, applied anthropology, medical tourism, and health disparities. Currently, he is working on two projects. Along the US/Mexico border he is researching American retirees who travel to Mexico for health care and the impact that it has on their health. In addition, he is working on a collaborative project with the Winnebago County Health Department to improve access and usage of prenatal health care in Rockford, IL.
Talia Dan-Cohen, Washington University in St. Louis bio
Talia Dan-Cohen is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis. Her work concerns the intersection of engineering and biology in the field of synthetic biology. Her interests include epistemology and the anthropology of knowledge, technical expertise, rationalities and aesthetics, and the explorations — empirical and theoretical — of problems in the philosophy of science.
Cassandra Hartblay, University of North-Carolina at Chapel Hill bio
Cassandra Hartblay is a PhD student in Medical Anthropology at the University of North-Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her dissertation research considers disability and citizenship in post-Soviet Russia. The project focuses on the discourses deployed by parent-activists lobbying for inclusive education in the Western city of Petrozavodsk and the Siberian region of Buryatia, and is concerned with resituating Soviet rehabilitation, exclusion and (self-)discipline in the broader context of twentieth century regimes of productivity.
Klaartje Klaver, Tilburg University bio
Klaartje Klaver is a PhD student at Tilburg University studying attentiveness and the ethics of care.
Branwyn Poleykett, University of Cambridge bio
Branwyn Poleykett is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. Her PhD project “Intimacy, Technoscience and the City: regulating “prostitution” in Dakar, 1946-2010 traced the history of the sanitary regulation of prostitution across the twentieth century as it moved into the clinical spaces and worlds of practice of experimental virologists and urban development professionals.
Georgia Richardson-Melody, Wayne State University bio
Georgia Richardson-Melody completed a master’s degree in the Anthropology department at Wayne State University, with a concentration in Medical Anthropology.
Katie Vizenor, University at Buffalo bio
Katie Vizenor is a PhD candidate in the Anthropology department at the University at Buffalo. Her dissertation research examines disability community formation and maintenance in virtual worlds. She holds a Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Maryland-College Park. As an Informationist and Researcher at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, she advised public health graduate students and faculty on effective uses of information technology to improve their evidence-based practices. She also researched the use of peer reviewed literature by public health workers and proposed strategies to improve access, education and training as part of an National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded project. From 2002-2004, she was a Research Assistant at the Institute for Formal Ontology and Medical Information Science (IFOMIS) in Leipzig, Germany.
Keahnan Washington, Yale University bio
Keahnan Washington is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Yale University. Keahnan has a background in public health as well as biochemistry and molecular biology, and his primary interest is the alleviation of health disparities and health inequality.
Zhiying Ma, University of Chicago bio
Zhiying Ma is a PhD candidate in the Departments of Anthropology and Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago. Her dissertation examines the politics and ethics of care surrounding psychiatry and mental health law reform in contemporary China.