Nancy Scheper-Hughes

anthropology professor

Nancy Scheper-Hughes is professor emerita of anthropology at UC Berkeley. She is the author of several controversial and award-winning books, including Death Without Weeping: the Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil (UC Press), Saints, Scholars and Schizophrenics: Mental Illness in Ireland ( UC Press, in three editions), Commodifying Bodies (UK Sage) with Loic Wacquant, Violence in War and Peace (Wiley-Blackwell) with Philippe Bourgois, and, most recently, Violence in the Urban Margins (Oxford University Press), with P. Bourgois and J. Auyero. Among her awards are the Margaret Mead Prize, the UK WellcomeTrust Medal for contributions to medicine, the American Anthropology Association Award for contributions to public policy, and the J. I. Staley Prize, awarded by the School of Advanced Study, Santa Fe, honoring "innovative works that go beyond traditional frontiers and dominant schools of thought in anthropology and add new dimensions to our understanding of the human species.” She has published more than 200 scholarly articles on topics ranging from "invisible genocides," rape and sexual abuse, AIDS in Cuba and Brazil, death squads and democracy, human trafficking for organs, the madness of hunger, international criminal syndicates, street kids and other "rubbish people," Pope Francis and the Vatican, as well as hundreds of op-ed pieces and editorials as a "citizen anthropologist." She has conducted anthropological research in South America, Europe, Middle East, Southeast Asia, and the U.S. As founding director of Organs Watch, she is a consultant on human trafficking for organs for the E.U., Interpol, U.N. Office on Human Trafficking and the Vatican. She has testified (pro bono) in several prosecutions of human traffickers. Her forthcoming books are Naked Life: The Ghosts of Colonia Montes de Oca (Argentina); Longing for Brazil: Radical Hope During Difficult Times and Kidney Hunter: The Organs Watch Files (UC Press).