Peter Locke

  • 181 Citations

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Research Interests

Professor Locke is a cultural and medical anthropologist focused on bringing ethnographic evidence to the comparative study of global health and humanitarian intervention in post-conflict societies. His field research, writing, and teaching all explore and critique the intersection of humanitarian work and reigning modes of evidence production in contexts of contentious local politics and lingering histories of conflict and mass violence.

Prof. Locke’s doctoral research in Bosnia-Herzegovina examined how the urban poor cope with traumatic histories and rebuild their lives in a new post-war state and economy; more specifically, he charted the impact and sustainability of humanitarian psychiatry and psychosocial support services for war survivors in Sarajevo. More recently, he has accompanied small undergraduate teams to Sierra Leone to conduct ethnographic research on the encounter between the booming transnational discourses and practices of “global health” and local understandings of and struggles for healing, care, and survival.

Education/Academic qualification

Anthropology, PhD, Princeton University

… → 2009

Anthropology, BA, University of Virginia

… → 2001

Research interests

  • Global health
  • Critical medical anthropology
  • Eastern Europe
  • Sierra Leone
  • West Africa
  • Humanitarian psychiatry
  • Public Health and development in Africa
  • Comparative conflict studies
  • Post-conflict studies
  • Post-socialism
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina

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Research Output

  • 181 Citations
  • 3 Article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 2 Book/Film/Article review

The effects of societal violence in war and post-war contexts

Kienzler, H. & Locke, P., Jan 20 2017, The Palgrave Handbook of Sociocultural Perspectives on Global Mental Health. Palgrave Macmillan, p. 285-305 21 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

6 Scopus citations

Variations in pediatric HIV status disclosure between the orphanage and the community in Ethiopia

Ryoo, H. J., Hirway, P., Alexander-Scott, N., Locke, P. & Welch, J. G., Oct 2 2017, In : Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies. 12, 4, p. 339-352 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Anthropology and Medical Humanitarianism in the Age of Global Health Education

    Locke, P., 2015, Medical Humanitarianism: Ethnographies of Practice. p. 193-208

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Deleuze and the anthropology of becoming

    Biehl, J. & Locke, P., Jun 2010, In : Current Anthropology. 51, 3, p. 317-351 35 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 175 Scopus citations