|Scholarship & Research:
||Sarah Pinto is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Tufts University. She teaches courses on medical anthropology, gender, and feminist and social theory, with particular attention to cultures of biomedicine, kinship dynamics, and political, cultural, and epistemological concerns related to the human body. Her geographic area of specialization is India. She is the author of Where There Is No Midwife: Birth and Loss in Rural India (Berghahn 2008), co-editor of Postcolonial Disorders (University of California 2008), and author of numerous articles on the gendered dynamics of medicine and health intervention in South Asia. She is completing an ethnography of psychiatry's treatment of women patients in urban India, asking how kinship dynamics shape clinical practice, and how clinical practice informs subjectivities in and of intimacy. This work is particularly interested in the stakes of mental illness for divorced or divorcing women in India, and asks what these circumstances can tell us about the place of gender in framing culturally relevant ethical frameworks. Pinto is currently developing a research project on the transnational history of hysteria, with special attention to dialogues on hysteria between India and Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries and their role in shaping contemporary etiologies.
2008. Where There is No Midwife: Birth and Loss in Rural India. New York: Berghahn Books.
2008. Postcolonial Disorders, co-edited with Mary-Jo Delvecchio Good, Sandra Hyde, and Byron Good. Berkeley: University of California Press.
2011. “Rational Love, Relational Medicine: Psychiatry and the Accumulation of Precarious Kinship” Culture, Medicine & Psychiatry [forthcoming, October 2011].
2011. “Cultures of the Psyche, Politics of Illness” In Companion to the Anthropology of India, ed. Isabelle Clark-Deces. New York: Blackwell.
2009. “Crises of Commitment: Ethics of Intimacy, Kin and Confinement in Global Psychiatry” Medical Anthropology Volume 28, Number 1, 1-10.
2008. “Consuming Grief: Infant Death in the Postcolonial Time of Development” In Postcolonial Disorders, Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good, Sandra Hyde, Sarah Pinto, and Byron Good ed. Berkeley: University of California Press.
2008. “Introduction” co-authored with Byron Good, Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good and Sandra Hyde, In Postcolonial Disorders, Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good, Sandra Hyde, Sarah Pinto, and Byron Good, ed. Berkeley: University of California Press, 359-377.
2006. “More than a Dai: Birth, Work and Rural Dalit Women’s Perspectives” Seminar, special issue Dalit Perspectives, ed. Ramnarayan Rawat.
2006. “Grief and the Politics of Depressing Speech” Social Text, 86, Spring, 81-102.
2005. “Divisions of Labor: Rethinking the Midwife in Rural Uttar Pradesh,” in Birth and Birth-workers: The Power Behind the Shame. J. Chawla, ed. Delhi: Har-Anand Publishers, Shakti Series, 203-238.
2004. “Development without Institutions: Ersatz Medicine and the Politics of Everyday Life in Rural North India” Cultural Anthropology, Vol 19, No. 3, 337-364.