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Associate Professor of Medical Anthropology at Rutgers Unviersity

Omar Dewachi is Associate Professor of medical anthropology at Rutgers University. Prior to joining Rutgers this fall, he taught Anthropology, Social Medicine and Global Health, and is the co-founder and co-Director of the Conflict Medicine Program, at the American University of Beirut (AUB). Trained as a physician in Iraq during the 1990s, he received his doctorate in social anthropology from Harvard University in 2008. Dewachi has conducted extensive archival and ethnographic research on the human and ecological impacts of decades of Western interventions and violence in Iraq and the broader Middle East. His book with Stanford University Press (2017), Ungovernable Life: Mandatory Medicine and Statecraft in Iraq, is the first study documenting the untold story of the rise and fall of state medicine in Iraq. He is currently conducting ethnographic research on the ecologies of wounds and wounding that explores the biosocial life of war wounds and the rise of Multi-Drug Resistant Bacteria in the context of the reconfiguration of healthcare geographies across the East of the Mediterranean states. He is the author of numerous publications that have appeared in a number of medical, anthropological, and global health journals, including the Lancet. He is a long-term advisor to organizations, such as MSF and ICRC on the medical and humanitarian crisis in the region, and currently serves as a Commissioner on the Lancet Commission on Syria: Health in Conflict.