Sherine F. Hamdy Associate Professor of Anthropology

Sherine Hamdy is an anthropologist with long-standing interests in cross-cultural approaches to medicine, health, and the body. She received her Ph.D. from New York University Department of Anthropology in 2006. Her first large research project was based on two years of fieldwork in the Egyptian cities of Tanta, Mansoura, and Cairo, and centered on ethical debates around organ transplantation. This culminated in her book Our Bodies Belong to God: Organ Transplants, Islam, and the Struggle for Human Dignity in Egypt" (University of California, 2012) which received Honorable Mention from the 2013 Clifford Geertz Prize from the American Anthropological Association's Society for the Anthropology of Religion. Professor Hamdy has been a professor of anthropology at Brown since 2008, and was a Mellon postdoctoral fellow at Brown's Cogut Center for the Humanities from 2006-2008. She teaches courses in medical anthropology, science and society, Middle East ethnography, and social theory in cultural anthropology. She serves on the faculty committee of Science, Technology, and Society and the faculty committee on Middle East Studies. In 2009 she was named the Kutayba Alghanim Assistant Professor of the Social Sciences. Her article "When the State and Your Kidneys Fail: Political Etiologies in an Egyptian Dialysis Ward" (American Ethnologist 2008) won the 2009 Rudolph Virchow Award from the Society of Medical Anthropology. She was a Member of the School of Social Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton from 2011-2012. She is currently a Greenwall Foundation Scholar in Bioethics as she continues to research and teach medical anthropology at Brown. Her new research critically engages with physicians' roles in the recent political upheavals in the Arab world.

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