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Mark Barad
James Boehnlein
Mark E. Bouton
J. Douglas Bremner
Larry Cahill
Albert Carnesale
Dennis Charney
Christopher Coe
Michael Davis
Michael Fanselow
Edna Foa
Byron Good
Gilbert Herdt
Alexander Hinton
Mardi Horowitz
David Kinzie
Laurence Kirmayer
Melvin Konner
Robert Jay Lifton
Robert Lemelson
Charles Marmar
Emeran Mayer
Michael Meaney
Mark S. Micale
Claudia Mitchell-Kernan
Rosemarie O'Keefe
Robert Pynoos
Gregory Quirk
Nancy Scheper-Hughes
Arieh Shalev
Richard Sheirer
Stephen Suomi
Allan Tobin
Bessel van der Kolk
Rachel Yehuda
Allan Young

Nancy Scheper-Hughes, PhD

As a critical medical anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes researched and written extensively on Ireland, Brazil and South Africa. In particular, she is concerned with the violence of everyday life from an existentialist, feminist, and politically engaged perspective.

Her first anthropological study in County Kerry, rural Ireland (to which she returned in 1999) concerned the social and cultural dimensions of mental illness among bachelor farmers in rural Ireland. Later in Boston she undertook a study of the deinstitutionalization of those with severe mental ill-health. Between 1982-1990 Scheper-Hughes conducted extensive field research in the shantytowns of Northeast Brazil on infant mortality, the 'madness of hunger,' the medicalization of social and political trauma, and the experience of motherhood, deprivation, and moral thinking and practice. She has also researched and published on AIDS, the social body, and sexual citizenship in Cuba and Brazil, and on the role of violence, 'truth" and reconciliation' during the transition to democracy in South Africa.

Most recently, she has written on subjects ranging from the cultural politics of international adoption, Munchausen-by-Proxy as a weapon the weak, to the execution of Brazilian street children, the global traffic in human organs and the use of living unrelated donors in human transplant surgery as a form of sacrificial violence. Scheper-Hughes's examination of structural, "everyday", and political violence has encouraged her to develop a unique style of critical theory and reflexive ethnography, which has been broadly applied to medicine, psychiatry, and to the practice of anthropology. In 1999 she founded, with Prof. Lawrence Cohen, Organs Watch, a programme created to investigate human rights violations in the harvesting, sale, and distribution of human organs and tissues.

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