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.


Online Media | Newspapers | Reports


COVID-19 Vaccination in the Time of Austerity: How and for Whom?” (with Pascale Salameh), Arab Reform Initiative, January 15


A Global History of Psychiatry Through the Lens of ‘Asfuriyyeh“, Bidayat Magazine (in Arabic), December (issue no. 28-29), 134-142

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)

Video abstract of “‘Psychiatry in the Middle East: The Rebirth of Lunatic Asylums? British Journal of Psychiatry International (2020)”, December

The East is a Podcast on ʿAṣfūriyyeh: A History of Madness, Modernity, and War in the Middle East, November 27

Towards a Zero-COVID Lebanon: A Call for Action,” Arab Reform Initiative, 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

Op-ed. “Face à la crise sanitaire, une solidarité citoyenne plus que jamais nécessaire,” L’Orient-Le Jour, Septembre 5

Op-ed. “L’école au Liban, une « longue histoire de rivalités entre puissances étrangères,” Le Monde, September 1

Letter from Beirut,” Boston Review, August 19

The Socioeconomic Impact of COVID-19 on Lebanon: A Crisis Within Crises,” European Institute of the Mediterranean, no. 19, June (with Ishac Diwan)

Middle East History in the Time of COVID-19: A Roundtable on Disease, Environment, and Medicine,” Jadaliyya, June 9

Managing Covid-19 in the Time of Revolution,” Arab Reform Initiative, May 7, (with Ishac Diwan)

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

In poor countries, focus on protecting the elderly from Covid-19,” Medium, April 10 (with Ishac Diwan)

Covid-19 and Big Data: A Footnote,” Medium, March 30

Cancer, catharsis et révolution au Liban,” L’Orient-Le Jour, March 14

Cancer, Catharsis, and Corruption in Lebanon,” Jadaliyya, January 29

Book chapters

“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

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

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]