Sarah S. Willen

Education & Training

NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow, Dep’t of Global Health & Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
PhD, Emory University
MPH, Emory University
BA, Case Western Reserve University

Research Interests

Health equity, health and human rights, and other idioms of social justice mobilization for health; embodiment and experience; migrant “illegality”; immigration and health; clinical education; anthropological perspectives on dignity and deservingness; Israel/Palestine.

Publications (select; click here for a full list / PDFs)

2017    Willen, Sarah S., Michael Knipper, César E. Abadía-Barrero, & Nadav Davidovitch. “Syndemic Vulnerability and the Right to Health.” The Lancet. 389: 964-77.

2015    Fleischman, Yonina, Sarah S. Willen, Nadav Davidovitch, & Zohar Mor. “Migration as a Social Determinant of Health for Irregular Migrants: Israel as Case Study.” Social Science & Medicine. 147: 89-97.

2014    “Plotting a Moral Trajectory, Sans Papiers: Outlaw Motherhood as Inhabitable Space of Welcome.” Ethos. 42(1): 85-100.

2012   “Introduction: Migration, ‘Illegality,’ and Health: Mapping Embodied Vulnerability and Debating Health-Related Deservingness.” Social Science & Medicine. 74(6): 805-811.

2011   “Do ‘Illegal’ Migrants have a Right to Health? Engaging Ethical Theory as Social Practice at a Tel Aviv Open Clinic.” Medical Anthropology Quarterly 25(3): 303-330.

2011   Willen, Sarah S., Jessica Mulligan, & Heide Castañeda. “Take a Stand Commentary: How Can Medical Anthropologists Contribute to Contemporary Conversations on ‘Illegal’ Immigration and Health?” Medical Anthropology Quarterly 25(3): 331-356.

2010  Willen, Sarah S., Antonio Bullon, & Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good. “’Opening Up a Huge Can of Worms’: Reflections on a ‘Cultural Sensitivity’ Course for Psychiatry Residents.” Harvard Review of Psychiatry 18:247–253.

Edited and Co-authored Volumes

“Cultural Competence in Action: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Four Case Studies in Medical Education.” Special issue of Culture, Medicine, & Psychiatry. Elizabeth Carpenter-Song and Sarah S. Willen, guest editors. 2013. 37(2).

“Migration, ‘Illegality,’ and Health: Mapping Vulnerability and Debating ‘Deservingness.'” Special issue of Social Science & Medicine. Sarah S. Willen, guest editor. 2012. 74(6).

“Horizons of Experience: Reinvigorating Dialogue between Phenomenological and Psychoanalytic Anthropologies.” Special Issue of Ethos. Sarah S. Willen and Don Seeman, guest editors. 2012. 40(1).

Shattering Culture: American Medicine Responds to Cultural Diversity. Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good, Sarah S. Willen, Seth Hannah, Ken Vickery, and Lawrence T. Park. New York: Russell Sage Foundation. 2011.

A Reader in Medical Anthropology: Theoretical Trajectories, Emergent Realities. Byron Good, Michael M.J. Fischer, Sarah S. Willen, Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good, editors. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. 2010.

“Exploring ‘Illegal’ and ‘Irregular’ Migrants’ Lived Experiences of Law and State Power.” Special Issue of International Migration. 45(3). Sarah S. Willen, guest editor. 2007. 45(3).

Transnational Migration to Israel in Global Comparative Context. Sarah S. Willen, editor. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. 2007.

Awards and Honors (select)

Faculty Fellow – UConn Humanities Institute (2013-14)

Rudolf Virchow Award – Critical Anthropology of Global Health Special Interest Group, Society for Medical Anthropology (2004, 2012)

Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning & Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Education – Harvard University (2008, 2009)

Fellow – Center for Health, Culture & Society, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University (2005-06)

David R. Blumenthal Award in Jewish Studies & the Humanities – Emory University (2004)

Marjorie Shostak Prize for Excellence & Humanity in Ethnographic Writing – Emory University (2003)

Teaching interests

Undergraduate: Medical anthropology, immigration and health, the Middle East, anthropology of Jewish communities

Graduate: Embodiment and experience, anthropology and the clinical encounter, health and human rights, dignity and health