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.
Behrouzan leads the collaborative, multi-cited project 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 (For details about the first phase of the project please see: Beyond 'Trauma': Workshop on Emergent Agendas). 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.
2017-present Assistant 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