João Biehl

Susan Dod Brown Professor of Anthropology
Co-Director, Program in Global Health and Health Policy
Co-Director, Brazil LAB
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João Biehl is the Susan Dod Brown Professor of anthropology and is a Woodrow Wilson School Faculty Associate at Princeton University. He is also the Co-Director of Princeton’s Global Health Program and of the newly created Brazil LAB (Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies). Biehl’s research and teaching interests center on medical and political anthropology, ethnography and critical theory, the social studies of science and technology, religion, global health, pharmaceuticals, and emergent forms of social mobilization. In recent years, Biehl authored the award-winning books Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment and 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 Unfinished: The Anthropology of Becoming. Biehl received Princeton’s Presidential Distinguished Teaching Award in 2005 and Princeton’s Graduate Mentoring Award in 2012. Biehl’s current ethnographic research explores the judicialization of the right to health and of environmental conservation in Brazil. He is also concerned with radical ideas of futurity emerging in Latin America’s peripheries. Prof. Biehl was a member of the University Service and Civic Engagement (SACE) Task Force from 2015-16, and served as a Service Focus faculty mentor in 2018-19.