Didier Fassin

Visiting Professor;
James D. Wolfensohn Professor of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
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Teaching (Spring 2017)
Topics in Theory and Practice of Anthropology (Half-Term): Political and Moral Anthropology: On Punishment (ANT 522B)

Ph.D. in Social Science, EHESS (1988)
Doctorate in Medicine, University of Paris 6 (1982)

Didier Fassin is the James D. Wolfensohn Professor in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. An anthropologist and a sociologist, he has conducted field studies in Senegal, Ecuador, South Africa and France. Trained as a physician in internal medicine and public health, he dedicated his early research to medical anthropology, illuminating important issues about the AIDS epidemic, social inequalities in health and the changing landscape of global health. He later conducted research in political and moral anthropology, analyzing the reformulation of injustice and violence as suffering and trauma, and the expansion of an international humanitarian government. He recently made a contribution to an anthropology of the state, through an ethnography of police, justice and prison.His most recent work is on punishment, which he presented for the Tanner Lectures on Human Values at Berkeley, and on life, which was the matter of the Adorno Lectures in Frankfurt.

ANT 570 Interdisciplinary Research: Keywords in Anthropology Today (with J. Biehl)

ANT 522A Topics in Theory and Practice of Anthropology (Half-Term) - Public Ethnography 

ANT 522A Topics in Theory and Practice of Anthropology (Half-Term) - From the Anthropology of Security to the Ethnography of Policing

ANT 522A Topics in Theory and Practice of Anthropology (Half-Term) - Moral Anthropology

ANT 541 Topics in Social Anthropology: Ethnography and Social Theory Today
(with J. Biehl)