João Biehl

Susan Dod Brown Professor of Anthropology


(609) 258–6327


128 Aaron Burr Hall


In his ethnographic and historical work, João Biehl explores how people’s plasticity and environmental attunements disrupt and exceed dominant ways of knowing and acting, thus opening new vistas for storytelling and critical theory. As he dissects past and current regimes of power/knowledge, Biehl considers the array of human-nonhuman alignments, affects, ideas, technologies, and forces that shape survival in contexts of stark inequality and living together in frontier zones. In attending to insurgent archivings and advancing an anthropology of becomings, Biehl’s work seeks to restore a sense of wonder and movement to ethical and political debates and to creative expression.

He is co-teaching ANT 240 / HUM 240: Medical Anthropology in Spring 2022.

See his full bio on the Department of Anthropology website.

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