Department of Anthropology
307 Eaton Hall
Medford, MA 02155
Ph.D. Anthropology, Princeton University
Medical anthropology, gender, mental health,
reproduction, cultures of biomedicine, kinship, global feminism,
history of the body. Geographical focus on India.
Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship from the American
Council of Learned Societies, for "History of Hysteria in India: The
Transnational History of a Medical Idea", Radcliffe Institute
2013-2014; Tufts Queer Straight Alliance Dona Yarbrough Prize 2010;
Center for Humanities at Tufts Faculty Fellow 2009-2010; Sardar
Patel Award for Best Dissertation on Modern India, 2004
Scholarship & Research
My current research and writing are oriented around themes
of movement: the global movement of medical ideas about selves and
bodies, relationships between bodily movement and subjectivity, and
kinship and gender as involving categories and relationships in
motion. I am working on a history of hysteria (the medical
diagnosis) in India, tracing the long global history of medical
ideas about consciousness and trauma, a history that involves the
South Asian emergence of gendered ethical paradigms interlinking
kinship and medicine. This project has been funded by the American
Council of Learned Societies, through which I was a Frederick
Burkhardt fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in
2013-2014. My 2014 book Daughters of Parvati: Women and Madness
in Contemporary India was awarded the Eileen Basker Memorial Prize
for work on gender and health, and my previous publications include
Where There Is No Midwife: Birth and Loss in Rural India,
Postcolonial Disorders (co-edited with Mary-Jo Delvecchio Good,
Byron Good, and Sandra Hyde), and numerous articles on gender,
psychiatry, reproduction, kinship, and caste in South Asia.
2019. "The Doctor and Mrs. A.: Ethics and Counter-Ethics in an Indian Dream Analysis", Women Unlimited Press and Fordham University Press.
2014. "Daughters of Parvati: Women and Madness in Contemporary India",
University of Pennsylvania Press
Where There is No Midwife: Birth and Loss in Rural India. New
York: Berghahn Books.
Postcolonial Disorders, co-edited with Mary-Jo Delvecchio
Good, Sandra Hyde, and Byron Good. Berkeley: University of
2014. "Drugs and the Single Woman: Pharmacy, Fashion, Desire and
Destitution in India." Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry.
2014. "The Draupadi Strategy: Crafting Autonomy Between Marriage and
Sex-work," in Beyond Conjugality, Srimati Basu and Lucinda Ramberg,
ed. Women Unlimited, Delhi.
2013. "Movement in Time: Choreographies of Confinement in an
In-Patient Ward", in Senses and Citizenship, (Susanna Trnka, Julie
Park, Christine Dureau, ed.), Routledge.
2012. "The Limits of Diagnosis: Sex, Law and Psychiatry in a Case of
Contested Marriage. Ethos Vol. 40(2).
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:
2009. "Crises of Commitment: Ethics of Intimacy, Kin and Confinement
in Global Psychiatry" Medical Anthropology Volume 28, Number 1,
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
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,
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.
2003. "Dalit Women and the Predicaments of Reproductive Health
Care," In Dalit International Newsletter. J. Webster, ed. Fall.
2000. (co-authored with Janet Chawla) "The Female Body as
Battleground of Meaning" In Mental Health From a Gender Perspective.
B. Davar, ed. Delhi: Sage Publications, 181-216.