Joao Biehl

Professor, Anthropology
Phone: 
609-258-6327
Email Address: 
jbiehl@princeton.edu
Degrees: 

Ph.D., Anthropology, UC Berkeley

Biehl authored Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment (University of California Press) and Will to Live: AIDS Therapies and the Politics of Survival (Princeton University Press). These books are ethnographic studies of the experience and treatment of mental illness and AIDS, respectively. Both Vita and Will to Live explore new geographies of access and marginalization that have emerged alongside pharmaceutical globalization. They also elaborate on networks of care that poor urban patients create in their daily struggles to survive.

Biehl is currently writing the history of the Mucker War, a religious war that took place among German immigrants in 19th century Brazil. He is also working on a book titled The Anthropology of Becoming. His present research explores the social impact of large-scale treatment programs in resource-poor settings and the role of the judiciary in administering public health in Brazil. Biehl is coordinating a research and teaching partnership between Princeton University and the University of São Paulo centered on global health and the anthropology of health and medicine, and is co-coordinating a collaborative network on “Race and Citizenship in the Americas.”