Sarah S. Willen

Principal Investigator


Sarah S. Willen, PhD, MPH is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut and Director of the Research Program on Global Health & Human Rights at UConn’s Human Rights Institute. A medical and sociocultural anthropologist, her work has appeared in The LancetHarvard Review of Psychiatry, and Medical Anthropology Quarterly, among other publications. Willen has edited or co-edited seven volumes including Shattering Culture: American Medicine Responds to Cultural Diversity (2011) and special issues of Social Science & Medicine (2012), Culture, Medicine, & Psychiatry (2013), Ethos (2012), and International Migration (2007). Her book, Fighting for Dignity: Migrant Lives at Israel’s Margins (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019) was awarded the 2019 Shapiro Prize for Best Book in Israel Studies from the Association for Israel Studies.

Dr. Willen is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University (BA) and Emory University (PhD, MPH) and a former NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her research has received support from the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, Fulbright-Hayes, and the Wenner Gren Foundation, among other funders. A third-generation native Clevelander, Willen is Co-Founder of the Pandemic Journaling Project and Principal Investigator of ARCHES, which is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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