Nancy Scheper-Hughes

anthropology professor

Nancy Scheper-Hughes is a professor of medical anthropology at UC Berkeley, where she directs the doctoral program in Critical Studies in Medicine, Science and the Body. Scheper-Hughes is co-founder and director of Organs Watch, a medical human rights project, an adviser to the World Health Organization and a member of the Institute for Advanced Study's School of Social Science in Princeton, NJ. Her research interests include the anthropology of violence, madness and culture, inequality and marginality and childhood and the family. She is known for her book on schizophrenia among bachelor farmers in County Kerry (Saints, Scholars and Schizophrenics: Mental Illness in Rural Ireland) and on the madness of hunger, maternal thinking, and infant mortality in Brazil (Death without Weeping: the Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil).