Elizabeth Durham

Elizabeth Durham is a sixth-year PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology. Her academic interests include but are not limited to the social life of medicine, the politics of responsibility, affective and material agencies, and the ethics of social science research and collaboration in clinical and humanitarian settings. Her dissertation, “The Post-Asylum Good Life: Keeping Time with Psychiatry, Pentecostalism, and Political Mobilization in Yaoundé, Cameroon," examines how psychiatric patients in Yaoundé learn to relate the management of time to the pursuit of mental health, and to navigate upon discharge competing frameworks of time and wellbeing in clinical, religious, and political venues across the city. Her dissertation research was supported by a Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship and a Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant; and her current dissertation writing, by a Laurance S. Rockefeller Graduate Prize Fellowship.

Before coming to Princeton, she received an M.Phil. in Anthropology from the University of Oxford (2015), where she was awarded a Clarendon Scholarship; and a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology and French/Francophone Studies from Carleton College (2012). She also held a Fulbright IIE Research Grant to Cameroon from 2012 to 2013.