Orkideh Behrouzan is an academic, author, mentor, and consultant with over a decade of experience in research and analysis, project management, leadership, public speaking, teaching, mentoring, and [interdisciplinary] degree programme and curricula design and implementation in the US and the UK (MIT, University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), King's College London, SOAS University of London). A physician, medical anthropologist, anthropologist of science and technology, and the author of Prozak Diaries: Psychiatry and Generational Memory in Iran (2016, Stanford University Press), she is a 2015-16 fellow of the  American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the winner of the 2011 Kerr Award from the Middle Eastern Studies Association, and a bilingual author and poet in Persian and English. She currently teaches at the Department of Anthropology at SOAS, University of London.  For more about her teaching and research, please click here.


Behrouzan is the founder of the Beyond Trauma Initiative. In 2014, she created the collaborative, multi-cited initiative Beyond ''Trauma': Emergent Agendas for Understanding Mental Health in the Middle East. This interdisciplinary project aims to bring together scholars, artists, practitioners, and policymaker, towards an inclusive approach to psychological wellbeing, by foregrounding the compelling role of diverse cultural practices, historical conditions, moral contexts, and medical pedagogies in shaping the afterlife of social ruptures. In light of today’s rapid transformations in the region and the movement of displaced individuals, the project responds to the pressing need for a cultural critique of dominant PTSD-focused paradigms in health practice and policy. Behrouzan launched the initiative with a 2014 Wellcome Trust funded international workshop, Beyond 'Trauma': Workshop on Emergent Agendas, followed by the publication of the 2015 Beyond Trauma Special Issue in Medicine, Anthropology, Theory. For more, please see: https://www.beyondtraumaproject.com

Academic Positions

2017-present. Associate Professor, SOAS University of London

2012-2017. Assistant Professor, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, King’s College London

2015-2-16. Fellow. American Council of Leanred Societies


2010-2012. Assistant Professor in Medical Anthropology, Institute for the Medical Humanities (IMH), University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Rice University (For more, click here)

2010. Ph.D., History and Anthropology of Science, Technology and Society (HASTS), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

2008-2009. Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Fellow & Wenner Gren Fellow

2002-2005. Research Scholar in Molecular Genetics, Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Oxford

2004. UK Medical Board

2002. M.D., Faculty of Medicine, University of Tehran