Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles

Research Interests

  • Medical anthropology
  • Psychological anthropology
  • Cross-cultural psychiatry
  • Urban anthropology
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Vietnam and Southeast Asia


  • ANTH 109: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 209: Medical Anthropology
  • ANTH 243: Southeast Asian Studies
  • ANTH 283: Theory in Anthropology
  • ANTH 291: Culture and Mind
  • ANTH 306: Culture and Madness
  • ANTH 312: Global Health

Selected Publications

"The anxiety of well-being: Medicalizations of worry in a Vietnamese psychiatric hospital". Medical Anthropology Quarterly. 31(2): 198-217. 2016.

"Rich sentiments and the cultural politics of emotion in postreform Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam". American Anthropologist 117(3): 480-492. 2015.

With Thomas J. Csordas, Christopher Dole, Matthew Strickland, and Michael J. Storck. "Ways of asking, ways of telling: A methodological comparison of ethnographic and diagnostic research interviews". Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry 34(1): 29-55. 2010


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