Eugene Raikhel

Assistant Professor
Department of Comparative Human Development and the College

Eugene Raikhel is a cultural and medical anthropologist with interests encompassing the anthropology of science, biomedicine, and psychiatry; addiction and its treatment; suggestion and healing; and post-socialist transformations in Eurasia. He is particularly concerned with the circulation of new forms of knowledge and clinical intervention produced by biomedicine, neuroscience, and psychiatry. His work follows therapeutic technologies as they move both from “bench to bedside” and from one cultural or institutional setting to another, examining how they intersect with the lives of practitioners and patients.

Raikhel also developed and frequently contributes to Somatosphere, a collaborative academic weblog focused on medical anthropology at its intersections with cultural psychiatry, bioethics and science and technology studies.

From 2006 to 2007, he held a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute for Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies. From 2007 to 2010, he held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Strategic Training Program in Culture and Mental Health Services Research in the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry at McGill University. He holds his PhD and MA in anthropology from Princeton University and his BA from the University of Michigan.

Raikhel joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2010.

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