Sarah Willen

Sarah WillenAssistant Professor of Anthropology
Director, Research Program on Global Health & Human Rights, Human Rights Institute

Ph.D. in Anthropology, Emory University (2006)
M.P.H. in Global Health, Emory University (2006)
B.A. in English and Religion, Case Western Reserve University (1996)

Research Interests:  Unauthorized migration; health and human rights; embodiment and experience; the region of Israel/Palestine

Professor Willen is a medical and sociocultural anthropologist and former NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Medical School. Willen’s primary research interests include the illegalization and criminalization of irregular migrants; biopolitics and social exclusion; embodiment and experience; reproductive health; and anthropological approaches to morality, dignity, and deservingness. Since 2000, her research in and around Tel Aviv, Israel, has focused on various facets of unauthorized migration from Ghana, Nigeria, and the Philippines to Israel, and on Israeli advocates and activists on these migrants’ behalf. She has authored over 25 articles and book chapters, including pieces in the Journal of Middle East Women’s StudiesReapproaching Borders: New Perspectives on the Study of Israel-PalestineTrauma and Memory: Reading, Healing, and Making Law, among others. She has also edited or co-edited seven volumes including Transnational Migration to Israel in Global Comparative Context (2007) and special issues of Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry (2013), Social Science & Medicine (2012), Ethos (2012), and International Migration (2007).

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View Professor Willen’s Publications and read her collaborative blog – Access Denied: A Conversation on Unauthorized Im/migration and Health