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João Biehl

  • Anthropology
Position: Executive Committee Member
Title: Professor of Anthropology.
Office: 128 Aaron Burr
Phone: 609-258-6327
João Biehl


João Biehl (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D. Graduate Theological Union) is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Faculty Associate at the Woodrow Wilson School. Before joining the Princeton faculty in 2001, Biehl was a National Institute of Mental Health Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University. Biehl is the author of the award-winning books Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment and of Will to Live: AIDS Therapies and the Politics of Survival. He also co-edited the book Subjectivity: Ethnographic Investigations. In 2008, Biehl was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and he is currently writing the history of a religious war—the Mucker war—that took place among German immigrants in 19th century Brazil. In 2008-09 he was a member of the Center for Theological Inquiry. Biehl has also been a member of the School of Social Science and of the School of Historical Studies of the Institute for Advanced Study and a visiting professor at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales. Biehl is the recipient of a Global Health and Infectious Disease grant of Princeton’s Grand Challenges Initiative. He is leading a new research and teaching project on the aftermath of large-scale drug rollouts in resource-poor settings (with a focus on the tension between treatment and prevention and the role of the judiciary in administering public health). Biehl received Princeton ’s Presidential Distinguished Teaching Award in 2005 and he is co-director of the Program in Global Heath and Health Policy.