Professor of Anthropology
Sarah Lawrence College
Robert R. Desjarlais received his BA, University of Massachusetts-Amherst and his MA and Ph.D from the University of California-Los Angeles. His special interests include the cultural construction of experience, subjectivity and inter-subjectivity, death and mourning, and the political economy of illness and healing. He has condducted ethnographic fieldwork in the Nepal Himalaya with the residents of a homeless shelter in Boston, and is a competitive chess player. His works include: Body and Emotion: The Aesthetics of Illness and Healing in the Nepal Himalayas, Shelter Blues: Sanity and Selfhood Among the Homeless, Sensory Biographies: Lives and Deaths Among Nepal’s Yolmo Buddhists; and Counter-play: an Anthropologist at the Chessboard. Desjarlais is the recipient of the Guggenheim fellowship and a Howard fellowship, and was also a NIMH postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard Medical School.