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Philippe Bourgois

Richard Perry University Professor University of PennsylvaniaDepartments of Anthropology & Family and Community Medicine
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Biographical Info

Philippe Bourgois is the Richard Perry University Professor of Anthropology and Family and Community Medicine. He has published a number of award-winning books and edited volumes including In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio (Cambridge, 1995) as well as Righteous Dopefiend (co-authored with Jeff Schonberg, University of California, 2009), Ethnicity at Work: Divided Labor on a Central American Banana Plantation (Johns Hopkins, 1989) and Violence in War and Peace (Co-edited with Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Blackwell 2004).

Currently, Philippe is the PI on a 14-year continuously renewed NIH R01 research grant, developing a risk-environment theory for HIV prevention and treatment useful for the US inner city. He also recently completed five years of NIH-funded HIV-prevention fieldwork (2007-2012) in the Puerto Rican inner city of Philadelphia. In 2013, he was named a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow and awarded an American Council of Learned Societies Collaborative grant to work on his new book on North Philadelphia tentatively entitled, Cornered, about daily life in an impoverished de-industrialized US inner city neighborhood, overwhelmed by open-air heroin and cocaine markets. Email:

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