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Philippe Bourgois

Professor University of California, Los AngelesCenter for Social Medicine and Humanities and Departments of Anthropology & Sociology
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Biographical Info

Philippe Bourgois is a Professor and the Director of the Center for Social Medicine and Humanities at the University of California, Los Angeles.  He is also jointly appointed with the university’s Departments of Anthropology & Sociology.  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 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 co-authored book on North Philadelphia 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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