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Vinh-Kim NGUYEN

PROFESSOR, ANTHROPOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY
Spoken languages
English, French
Areas of expertise
  • Ethnography of biomedicine
  • Global health
  • Infectious diseases
  • Medical anthropology
  • Social theory
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • West Africa

PROFILE

 

Vinh-Kim Nguyen is an HIV and Emergency physician and medical anthropologist. As both practitioner and researcher, he is concerned with the relationship between science, politics and practice in global health. He practices Emergency Medicine at Avicenna Hospital in Paris and the Jewish General Hospital in Montréal, currently holds an ERC Consolidator Grant (Research Chair) on the science and politics of a world without AIDS and heads a team of anthropologists researching the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. He is Professor in the School of Public Health the University of Montreal where he leads the PhD track in Global Health, and Professor of Anthropology and Sociology of Development in the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva; he also holds an honorary chair at the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme in Paris which hosts researchers working on global health issues.

Since 1994 he has worked extensively with community organisations responding to the HIV epidemic in West Africa as a trainer and physician. This work informed his anthropological research on the global response to HIV with a concern for the forms of triage and sovereignty they embody. He continues to follow the evolving scientific and political response to HIV and Ebola in his current work. He draws on molecular epidemiology, global health and social theory to argue for a paradigm shift in eliminating infectious diseases.

He is the author of The Republic of Therapy: Triage and Sovereignty in West Africa's Time of AIDS; coauthor, with Margaret Lock, of An Anthropology of Biomedicine and also the co-editor, with Jennifer Klot, of The Fourth Wave: Violence, Gender, Culture, and HIV in the 21st Century, as well as numerous articles in biomedical and anthropological journals.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

 

  • Lock, M., and V.K. Nguyen. An Anthropology of Biomedicine. Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
  • Nguyen, V.K. “Antiretroviral Globalism, Biopolitics, and Therapeutic Citizenship.” In Global Assemblages, edited by Aihwa Ong and Stephen J. Collier, 124–44. Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 2008.
  • Nguyen, V.K. The Republic of Therapy: Triage and Sovereignty in West Africa’s Time of AIDS. Duke University Press Books, 2010.
  • Nguyen, V.K., and K. Peschard. “Anthropology, Inequality, and Disease: A Review.” Annual Review of Anthropology, 2003, 447–74.
  • Nguyen, V.K., C.Y. Ako, P. Niamba, A. Sylla, and I. Tiendrébéogo. “Adherence as Therapeutic Citizenship: Impact of the History of Access to Antiretroviral Drugs on Adherence to Treatment.” AIDS 21 (2007): S31–S35.
  • Nguyen, V.K., N. Bajos, F. Dubois-Arber, J. O’Malley, and C.M. Pirkle. “Remedicalizing an Epidemic: From HIV Treatment as Prevention to HIV Treatment Is Prevention.” AIDS 25, no. 3 (2011): 291.
  • Nguyen, V.K. “Government-by-Exception: Enrolment and Experimentality in Mass HIV Treatment Programmes in Africa.” Social Theory & Health 7, no. 3 (2009): 196–217.
  • Nguyen, V.K. “Uses and Pleasures: Sexual Modernity, HIV/AIDS, and Confessional Technologies in a West African Metropolis.” Sex in Development: Science, Sexuality, and Morality in Global Perspective, 2005,245–68.

ACTIVITIES

 

  • Practices Emergency Medicine at the Jewish General Hospital in Montréal.
  • Holds an ERC Consolidator Grant (Research Chair) on the science and politics of a world without AIDS.
  • Heads a team of anthropologists researching the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.
  • Professor in the School of Public Health the University of Montreal.
  • Holds an honorary chair at the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme in Paris.
Vinh-Kim Nguyen
Vinh-Kim Nguyen

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