Orkideh Behrouzan is a physician, medical anthropologist, anthropologist of science and technology, and the author of Prozak Diaries: Psychiatry and Generational Memory in Iran (2016, Stanford University Press). She is a 2015-16 fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and the winner of the 2011 Kerr Award from the Middle Eastern Studies Association. She currently teaches at the Department of Anthropology at SOAS, University of London.  For more about her teaching and research, please click here.

In 2014, Behrouzan Initiated the collaborative, multi-cited initiative Beyond ''Trauma': Emergent Agendas for Understanding Mental Health in the Middle East. This interdisciplinary project aims to bring together scholars, artists, practitioners, and policymaker, towards an inclusive approach to psychological wellbeing, by foregrounding the compelling role of diverse cultural practices, historical conditions, moral contexts, and medical pedagogies in shaping the afterlife of social ruptures. In light of today’s rapid transformations in the region and the movement of displaced individuals, the project responds to the pressing need for a cultural critique of dominant PTSD-focused paradigms in health practice and policy. Behrouzan launched the initiative with a Wellcome Trust funded international workshop, Beyond 'Trauma': Workshop on Emergent Agendas in 2014, and the publication of the Beyond Trauma Special Issue in Medicine, Anthropology, Theory in 2015. Currently, the Beyond Trauma Project is run by Orkideh Behrouzan and Nora Parr. They created Beyond Trauma Webpage (funded by SOAS Seed Corp Award) as well as a PodCast Series exploring narrations of memory in cultural productions including art, literature, and everyday life. For more, please see: https://www.beyondtraumaproject.com

Academic Positions

2017-present Associate Professor, SOAS University of London

2012-2017 Assistant Professor, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, King’s College London

2010-2012 Assistant Professor in Medical Anthropology, Institute for the Medical Humanities (IMH), University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Rice University (For more, click here)

2010 Ph.D., History and Anthropology of Science, Technology and Society (HASTS), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

2008-2009 Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Fellow & Wenner Gren Fellow

2002-2005 Research Scholar in Molecular Genetics, Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Oxford

2004 UK Medical Board

2002 M.D., Faculty of Medicine, University of Tehran

See publications

“Dr Orkideh Behrouzan is a physician, medical anthropologist, anthropologist of science and technology, author of Prozak Diaries, as well as a poet and storyteller. In this insightful and awe-inspiring talk, Orkideh looks at memories of childhood and war to disrupt how we conventionally think about mental health, the Middle East, and the relationship between individual and collective memories.”

TEDxUCLWomen, Dec 1st 2018, Bush House, London

Orkideh Behrouzan on Generational Memory; BBC Persian; Shirazeh Series, March 2018  
شیرازه . به تهیه کنندگی سام فرزانه.
این برنامه در چشم‌انداز بامدادی جمعه ١٠ فروردین ١٣٩٧ ( ٣٠ مارس ۲۰۱۸) پخش شد

Orkideh Behrouzan interviewed on Radio Dastneveshteha, discussing generational memory and the limits of the concept of 'trauma'. Focusing on the lived life of 1980s Iran, she discusses her book Prozak Diaries, the concept of 'rupture', and why the notion of 'collective trauma' fails to capture the cultural and psychological afterlife of war and traumatic memories. @RadioDastneveshteha Episode 17, July 2019. Language: Persian

در این اپیزود بخش‌های از سه مصاحبه مفصل با ارکیده بهروزان، سحر سخایی و مرتضی کریمی را درباره خاطره جمعی، ترومای جمعی و دهه شصت خواهید شنید