Anne M. Lovell (PhD. Columbia University) is INSERM Senior Research Scientist Emeritus at the Cermes3 (Research Center on Medicine, Sciences, Health, Mental Health and Society) and a member of the Doctoral School at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). She has taught and conducted research in France, the United States, Argentina, Italy and Senegal. A social anthropologist, she works at the intersection of medical anthropology and anthropology of science. Her research concerns itself with how illness, health and notions of the "mental" are shaped within a nexus of material culture, kinship, and economies, and how psychiatry and related disciplines come to "know".
Her more recent interest in dialogues between philosophies of becoming and anthropology undergird her recent publications, including
Face aux Désastres: Une conversation à quatre voix sur la folie, le care et les grandes détresses collective (Ithaque, 2013, with Stefania Pandolfo, Veena Das and Sandra Laugier). Her book-in-progress on care, pre-existing psychiatric disabilities and the temporality of disaster draws on a four-year ethnography of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Currently, her research examines the shift over the last half century in mental health practices, broadly construed, in Senegal; the ways they map onto colonial and post-colonial relationships between France, Senegal and the "global North", more generally; as well as how local and non-biomedical approaches to mental disturbances contribute to knowledge construction within psychiatric epidemiology, neurology and psychiatry.