Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies
Emil Holms Kanal 6
2300 København S
I am a medical anthropologist and a mental health practitioner. My research broadly looks at the interplay and impact of psychiatry on social understandings of self and illness in postcolonial and post-conflict societies of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)/South West Asia and North Africa (SWANA). I am particularly interested in grounding the relationship between psychiatry and subject formation in the context of global organisation and standardisation of mental health and its diagnostics, on the one hand, and in analysing patient subjectivities, agencies and narratives on the other.
I received my PhD in Social Work and Anthropology from the university of Michigan in 2016. I also hold an MSW (2011), an MA in psychology (with clinical specialisation) from the American University of Beirut (2009), and an MA in the Social Sciences from the university of Chicago (2006).
In addition to my position with DECOLMAD, I am a founding member of “Ethnography and Knowledge in the Arab region”, a working group under the Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS) engaged in a collaboration exploration of critical ethnographic knowledge in/from/about the Arab region http://www.theacss.org/pages/ethnography-as-knowledge