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Janis H. Jenkins

Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Psychiatry | President Elect, Society for Psychological Anthropology | Director, Center for Global Mental Health University of California, San DiegoDepartments of Anthropology and Psychiatry
University of California at San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive La Jolla CA 92093-0532
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Professor Janis H. Jenkins is a psychological anthropologist who has worked in the field throughout her academic career.  She has conducted research on the primacy of lived experience in relation to cultural orientation, structural violence, emotion, gender, and mental illness.  She has theorized the centrality of struggle, rather than symptoms, for “extraordinary conditions” of psychosis, depression, anxiety, and trauma.

Within the U.S., she is currently President-Elect of the Society for Psychological Anthropology.  For more information and publications:


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