Biologizing Addiction: Ethnic Marketing, Pharmaceuticals, and Stratified Systems of Care.

Helena Hansen, Assistant Professor of Anthropology & Psychiatry at New York University, will give a talk on the biologicization of addiction next Wednesday, April 11, at 3:30 pm. Helena Hansen earned an MD and a Ph.D. in anthropology from Yale University, during which she completed fieldwork in Havana on Cuban AIDS policy, in urban Connecticut on harm reduction and needle exchange, and in Puerto Rico on faith healing in evangelical Christian addiction ministries founded and run by self-identified ex-addicts. The connecting thread in her work has been a focus on the moral economy of marginalized people, and their strategies for navigating institutions and unequal power relations through different stages of substance use and HIV risk. Her work has been published in both clinical and social science journals ranging from Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, and Medical Anthropology, to the Journal of the American Medical Association and the journal Medical Care. After graduate school, she completed a clinical residency in psychiatry at NYU Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital, during which she also undertook a political-economic and ethnographic study of a new biomedical treatment for addiction; opiate maintenance therapy with buprenorphine. Her talk is part of the DAHSM Culpeper Seminar Series. All are welcome! Room 4740 at Laurel Heights campus.

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