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João Biehl

Susan Dod Brown Professor of Anthropology

Position: Executive Committee Member


Office: 128 Aaron Burr Hall

Phone: 609-258-6327


João Biehl (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D. Graduate Theological Union) is Susan Dod Brown Professor of Anthropology and Woodrow Wilson School Faculty Associate. He is also the Co-Director of the Program in Global Heath and Health Policy. Biehl is the author of the award-winning books Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment and of Will to Live: AIDS Therapies and the Politics of Survival. He also co-edited the books When People Come First: Critical Studies in Global Health and Subjectivity: Ethnographic Investigations. He is also co-editor of the book series Critical Global Health at Duke University Press. Before joining the Princeton faculty in 2001, Biehl was a National Institute of Mental Health Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University.  A Guggenheim Fellow, Biehl was a Member of both the Schools of Social Science and Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study. He has also been a Member of the Center for Theological Inquiry and a Visiting Professor at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales. Biehl received Princeton’s Presidential Distinguished Teaching Award in 2005 and Princeton’s Graduate Mentoring Award in 2012. He is currently writing The Valley of Lamentation, a historical ethnography of the Mucker War, a religious war that that shattered German-Brazilian communities in the 19th century. He is also working on a book titled Anthropology of Becoming, and is collaborating on a book project on Oikographia, which foregrounds the house as a key site of empirical and conceptual analysis.