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Assistant Professor
New West 108

Advisor, Arabic program

Professor Ana Vinea on Language, Illness, Method, and Structural Violence


I am a cultural anthropologist of the Middle East with research and teaching interests in medicine, occult practices, religion, and popular culture. I received my Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Before joining the Department of Asian Studies, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Michigan Society of Fellows and taught in the Middle East Studies department at the University of Michigan. My current research, Healing Dilemmas: Islam, Psychiatry, and Affliction in Contemporary Egypt, examines revivalist Islamic therapies as prominent sites of innovation and contestation within changing medical, religious, and media landscapes. It traces the practices and debates around a form of exorcism known as Qur’anic healing and this therapy’s imbrications with biomedicine and psychiatry. I am also developing a new research project that examines opiate addiction in Egypt as a lens into the dynamics of everyday life after the 2011 uprising.


Michigan Society of Fellows, Postdoctoral fellowship (2016-2018)
National Science Foundation, Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant (2011)
The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Dissertation Fellowship (2011)
CUNY, The Graduate Center, Provost’s Office University Fellowship (2012-2015)
CUNY, The Graduate Center, Presidential Research Fellowship (2007-2013)
CUNY, The Graduate Center, Robert Gilleece Fellowship (2006-2011)
The American University in Cairo, G. Wisner Award for Scholarly Excellence (2006)


ARAB 150, Introduction to Arab Cultures
ARAB 214, Medicine and Modernity in the Arab World
ARAB 353, Science and Society in the Middle East
ASIA 73, First-Year Seminar: Popular Culture in the Arab World


Monograph in progress

Healing Dilemmas: Islam, Psychiatry, and Affliction in Contemporary Egypt.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

2019. “<What is Your Evidence?> A Salafi Therapy in Contemporary Egypt.” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, 39 (3): 500–512.
2018. “An Emergent Affliction in Today’s Egypt: Islamic Healing, the Psy Sciences, and What Lies In-Between,” Medicine Anthropology Theory, 5 (1): 50–77.
2005. “Creating Families across Boundaries: A Case Study of Romanian/Egyptian Mixed Marriages,” Cairo Papers in Social Sciences, 28 (1).