Anselm Kiefer, March Sand V, 1977, Markischer Sand V, Twenty-five double-page photographic images, with sand,oil, and glue, mounted on card board and bound, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Saul, New York.


Reports | Policy Forums | Working Papers


Arabic version of “The Economic Legacy of the French Mandate in Lebanon” published in a new online socioeconomic magazine of the progressive Left, called Al-Sifr (الصفر): (February 6)

The Historical Roots of State Weakness and Social Inequities in Lebanon,” Economic Research Forum (policy portal), Jan 17 (with Ishac Diwan)


The Economic Legacy of the French Mandate in Lebanon.” Working Paper No. 1614, Economic Research Forum, November 2022. (with Ishac Diwan)


The Case for COVID-19 Public Inquiries for the Arab World,” Middle East Institute (Washington, D.C.), December 7

COVID-19 vaccination in the time of austerity: how and for whom?” (with Pascale Salameh), Arab Reform Initiative (Paris), January 15 (also translated into Arabic)


Covid-19, trust and rising economic challenges in the Arab world,” Economic Research Forum (policy portal), December 22 (with Ishac Diwan)

Difficult trade-offs in response to COVID-19: the case for open and inclusive decision-making,” December. Technical report for the World Health Organization ( with Ole F. Norheim, Liam Kofi Bright, Kristine Bærøe, Octávio L. M. Ferraz, Siri Gloppen, and Alex Voorhoeve)

Towards a Zero-COVID Lebanon: a call for action,” Arab Reform Initiative (Paris), October 5

  • written with a group of health experts/concerned citizens
  • first report of the “Independent Lebanese Committee for the Elimination of COVID-19” that addresses the Lebanese government’s lack of comprehensive strategy and highlights several directions for a better and more coherent national strategy
  • Arabic version published in Arab Reform Initiative, October 10
  • French version : “Pour une stratégie ‘zéro Covid’ au Liban,L’Orient-Le Jour, October 10

The socioeconomic impact of COVID-19 on Lebanon: A crisis within crises,” European Institute of the Mediterranean, no. 19, June (with Ishac Diwan)

Managing Covid-19 in the time of revolution,” Arab Reform Initiative (Paris), May 7, (with Ishac Diwan)

Killer Lockdowns,” Economic Research Forum (policy portal), April 21 (with Ishac Diwan)

Book Chapters

“Gobernar a través del cerebro: neuropolítica, neurociencias y subjetividad” in “Somos Sujetos Cerebrales. Neurociencias, Salud Mental y Sociedad, eds Álvaro Jiménez Molina and Gabriel Abarca Brown (Diego Portales University Press, 2022), 33-73. (With Nikolas Rose). (In Spanish)

“Historiciser les Neurosciences.” In Neurosciences et société : Enjeux des savoirs et pratiques sur le cerveau, edited by Moutaud B. and Chamak B, 51-77. Paris: Armand Colin, 2014. (With Nikolas Rose). Link

Journal Articles


Ce que l’économie politique du mandat a légué au Liban,” commissioned by the French journal Revue du droit public et de la science politique en France et à l’étranger (special issue on the political economy of Lebanon) – in the first issue of the journal to appear in January/February, N° 1-2023, pp. 59-80. (with Ishac Diwan)


Sanitary Passports and the Birth of the ‘Immunized Self’,” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2021) 41 (3): 300–311,

‘Aṣfūriyyeh: A History of Madness, Modernity, and War in the Middle East,History of Psychiatry, First Published July 15, 2021,

Governing Life and the Economy: Exploring the Role of Trust in the Covid-19 Pandemic,” Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics, 14(1) (Spring 2021): 71–88,

The Covid‑19 caesura and the post‑pandemic future,” BioSocieties16(1) (February 2021): 142-156, doi: 10.1057/s41292-020-00212-6


Difficult trade-offs in response to COVID-19: the case for open and inclusive decision making,” Nature Medicine (2020) (with Ole F. Norheim, Liam Kofi Bright, Kristine Bærøe, Octávio L. M. Ferraz, Siri Gloppen & Alex Voorhoeve)

“Psychiatry in the Middle East: The Rebirth of Lunatic Asylums?” British Journal of Psychiatry International (2020): 1-4,


“Governing through the brain: neuropolitics, neuroscience and subjectivity.” Cambridge Anthropology 32 (1) (2014): 3-23. (With Nikolas Rose). PDF


“From brain to neuro: the Brain Research Association and the making of British neuroscience, 1965-1996.” Journal of the History of the Neurosciences 21 (2012): 1–25. PDF


“The birth of the neuromolecular gaze.” History of the Human Sciences 23(1) (2010): 11-26. (With Nikolas Rose). PDF


“Post-war mental health, wealth and justice.” Traumatology (special issue on History, Memory and Trauma) 15(3) (2009): 13-22. PDF

“The Implications of Memory Research and Memory-Erasing Pills: A Conversation with Yadin Dudai.” BioSocieties 4 (1) (2009): 79-90. (With Yadin Dudai).


“The implications of the new brain sciences.” European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Reports 9 (12) (2008): 1158-62. Link

Book Reviews/Book Forums

“‘Aṣfūriyyeh: A History of Madness, Modernity, and War in the Middle East: Reply by the Author Joelle M. Abi-Rached,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, Available online January 31, 2022 [Link]

Review of As The World Ages: Rethinking a Demographic Crisis by Kavita Sivaramakrishnan in Medicine, Anthropology, Theory (February 2019) [Link]

Review of Being Brains: Making the Cerebral Subject by Fernando Vidal and Francesco Ortega in Isis: A Journal of the History of Science Society109 (4) (December 2018): 819–820. [Link]

Review of Traces of the Future: An Archaeology of Medical Science in Africa edited by Paul Wenzel Geissler, Guillaume Lachenal, John Manton, and Noémi Tousignant in Medicine, Anthropology, Theory (March 22, 2017). [Link]

Review of Unnatural History: Breast Cancer and American Society by Robert A. Aronowitz in Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science 5 (1) (September 30, 2011): 79–82. [Link]