Guest Faculty

Philippe Bourgois, Ph.D.

Professor of Anthropology, Director of the Center for Social Medicine, Semel Institute for Neuropsychiatry, University of California, Los Angeles

Philippe Bourgois is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Social Medicine at the Semel Institute for Neuropsychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of several books and edited volumes on US inner city poverty, violence and drugs, including the multiple award winning In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio (Cambridge, 1995), Righteous Dopefiend (co-authored with Jeff Schonberg, University of California, 2009), Ethnicity at Work: Divided Labor on a Central American Banana Plantation (Johns Hopkins, 1989), Violence in War and Peace (Co-edited with Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Blackwell 2004), and Violence at the Urban Margins (Co-edited with Javier Auyero and Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Oxford 2015). He has published over 150 articles in medical anthropology, public health, and the humanities on social inequality, urban segregation, labor migration, ethnic conflict, homelessness, substance abuse and HIV. Since 1996 he has been the Principal Investigator on a continuous National Institutes of Health grant examining the HIV risk environment of indigent drug users. He recently completed five years of participant-observation fieldwork in a violently-policed Puerto Rican neighborhood dominated by open-air narcotics supermarkets in North Philadelphia and is currently co-authoring a book entitled, "Cornered". He is focusing on the carceral and the psychiatric diagnosis-mediated mis-management of inner-city poverty in the US in an era of rising socio-economic inequalities and reductions in social service entitlements.

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