Robert R. Desjarlais

BA, University of Massachusetts-Amherst. MA, PhD, University of California-Los Angeles. Special interests in the cultural construction of experience, subjectivity and inter-subjectivity, death and mourning, and the political economy of illness and healing; ethnographic fieldwork in the Nepal Himalayas, with the residents of a homeless shelter in Boston, and among competitive chess players; author of Body and Emotion: The Aesthetics of Illness and Healing in the Nepal Himalayas; Shelter Blues: Sanity and Selfhood Among the Homeless; Sensory Biographies: Lives and Deaths Among Nepal’s Yolmo Buddhists; and Counter-play: an Anthropologist at the Chessboard. Recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and a Howard fellowship. NIMH postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard Medical School. SLC, 1994–

Undergraduate discipline: Anthropology

Courses taught in Anthropology

Courses from previous years

  • Anthropology and Photography
  • Workshop in Photoethnographies
  • Anthropology and Photography
  • The Anthropology of Life Itself
  • Understanding Experience: Phenonenological Approaches
  • Ethnographic Research and Writing
  • Play: Psychological and Anthropological Perspectives
  • The Anthropology of Life Itself

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