Amy Cooper, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Courses Taught

Medical Anthropology; Public Health; The Body; Citizenship; Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Urban Ethnography

Education

Ph.D., The University of Chicago, Department of Comparative Human Development, 2012

Practice Areas

  • Pleasure and politics in Venezuelan health care
  • ADHD and stimulant use
  • Homelessness and mental health
  • Psychiatry and the stigma of mental illness
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Publications and Media Placements

Books
Under contract, University of California Press
In Excess of Medicine: Pleasure and Citizenship in Venezuelan Health Care.

2012.  Vital Politics: Medicine and Citizenship in Venezuela. Doctoral dissertation, University of Chicago. Click here for a review.

Articles
In Press
“At such a good school, everybody needs it.” Contested meanings of prescription stimulant use in college academics. EthosClick here for PDF.

2017
Moving medicine inside the neighborhood: Health care and sociospatial transformation in Caracas, Venezuela. Medicine Anthropology Theory special issue 4(1):20-45. Click here for PDF.

2015
The Doctor’s Political Body: Doctor-Patient Interactions and Political Belonging in Venezuelan Neighborhood Clinics. American Ethnologist 42(3):459-474. Click here for PDF.

2015
What does health activism mean in Venezuela’s Barrio Adentro program? Understanding community health work in political and cultural context. Annals of Anthropological Practice special issue 39(1):58-72. Click here for PDF.

2015
Protests and Polarization in Venezuela After Chávez: Introduction; Life After Hugo Chávez (editorial; co-authors Robert Samet and Naomi Schiller). Field Sites – Hot Spots. Cultural Anthropology  online.

2015
Time Seizures and the Self: Institutional Temporalities and Self Preservation among Homeless Women. Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry 39:162-185. Click here for PDF.

2004
Psychiatrists’ Attitudes Toward Involuntary Hospitalization (co-authors Dan Luchins, Patricia Hanrahan, and Ken Rasinski). Psychiatric Services 55:1058-1060. Click here to download PDF

2004
Mental Illness and Dangerousness: Fact or Misperception, and Implications for Stigma (co-author Patrick Corrigan). In On the Stigma of Mental Illness: Practical Strategies for Research and Social Change. Corrigan, P.W., Ed. pp. 165-179. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. Book

2003
Mental Illness Stigma and Care Seeking (first author; co-authors Patrick Corrigan and Amy Watson). Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 191:339-341. Click here to download PDF

Edited Collections
2015
Protests and Polarization in Venezuela After Chávez (co-editors: Robert Samet and Naomi Schiller). Field Sites – Hot Spots. Cultural Anthropology online.

Book Chapters
2010
Becoming a community person: Stories of motivation and transformation in Barrio Adentro’s volunteer health committees [Spanish]. In De la Participación en Salud a la Construcción de Poder Popular: Experiencias para el Debate. Eds. Miguel Malo and Johanna Levy. Maracay, Venezuela: Instituto de Altos Estudios Dr. Arnoldo Gabaldón, 99-111. Click here to download PDF

Reviews
2014
God’s Laboratory: Assisted Reproduction in the Andes. By Elizabeth Roberts (Berkeley: University of California Press). Somatosphere.com.

2012
Revolutionary Medicine: Health and the Body in Post-Socialist Cuba by P. Sean Brotherton (Durham: Duke University Press).  Somatosphere.com.

2006
Love, Sorrow, and Rage: Destitute Women in a Manhattan Residence. By Alisse Waterston (Philadephia: Temple University Press). Medical Anthropology Quarterly 20:261-262.

Honors and Awards

Awards and Fellowships

  • 2010: Irmgard Coninx Foundation Essay Competition, Berlin Roundtables on Transnationality
  • 2009: National Association for the Practice of Anthropology Student Paper Prize (1st runner up)
  • 2008: Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Program, U.S. Dept. of Education
  • 2007: Fulbright-IIE U.S. Student Program, U.S. Department of State (declined)
  • 2007: Society for Applied Anthropology Spicer Award
  • 2004: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (Honorable Mention)
  • 1994: Houston Endowment Jones Scholar Program

University Awards and Fellowships

  • 2017: Mellon Faculty Development Award, Saint Louis University
  • 2016: Innovative Teaching Fellowship, Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, Saint Louis University
  • 2014: Faculty Summer Research Grant, Muhlenberg College
  • 2014: Multicultural Center Course Development Grant, Mapping Intersections of Power, Muhlenberg College
  • 2013: Faculty Summer Research Grant, Muhlenberg College
  • 2013: Multicultural Center Course Development Grant, Intersections and Alliances, Muhlenberg College
  • 2011: Bernice Neugarten Lectureship Prize, University of Chicago
  • 2010: Gianinno Dissertation Writing Fellowship, University of Chicago
  • 2010: Martín Baró Lectureship Prize, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Chicago
  • 2006: Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Chicago
  • 2006: Center for Latin American Studies Field Research Grant, University of Chicago
  • 2006: Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture Graduate Research and Travel Grant, University of Chicago
  • 2004: Center for Latin American Studies Tinker Research Grant, University of Chicago
  • 2004: Unendowed University Fellowship, University of Chicago