Department of Anthropology and the College
Over the past decade, P. Sean Brotherton has conducted ethnographic research on bodily practices, economic reform, and state power in Cuba’s primary health sector. He has published several articles and chapters on this research, including his first book, Revolutionary Medicine: Health and the Body in Post-Soviet Cuba (Duke University Press, 2012). More recently, he completed a project on Cuba’s medical humanitarian missions throughout the Americas as a lens to explore the emergent logics and counter-practices that are taking shape in relation to the larger enterprise of global health. His latest research explores psychoanalysis as an interpretative and therapeutic framework in the multiple spheres of quotidian life in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Brotherton’s research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Royal Anthropological Institute (UK), the International Development Research Center of Canada, and the Canadian International Development Agency.
He received his PhD in anthropology and social studies of medicine from McGill University. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Chicago, he was an associate professor of anthropology at Yale University.