Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, Washington University
Ph.D. 2018

David Ansari is a medical anthropologist with research and teaching interests at the intersections of health and human rights, transnational migration, health services research, and ethnographies of organizations. David’s dissertation, “‘Dare to be a future therapist’: Uncertainty and apprenticeship in mental health services for immigrants and refugees in Paris, France,” examined the experiences of clinical students as they learned to better support individuals with diverse migration trajectories. His next project will chart the development of new therapeutic approaches to address trauma and promote stability among refugees in France. As a teaching fellow, David will teach in the University of Chicago’s Human Rights and World Civilizations core. David will also teach undergraduate courses on the significance of language and culture in clinical and healing encounters, the impact of conflict and environmental degradation on forced migration, and the production of diasporas and transnational identities.