Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, NUI Maynooth. He holds advanced degrees in Social-Cultural Anthropology from the University of Chicago (MA and PhD), and he has completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinically-Relevant Medical Anthropology in the Department of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School. He has been working for more than fifteen years in medical and psychological anthropology in Ireland, North America, and parts of Africa, where he has researched and published on such diverse issues as the social life of mental hospitals, the experience of major mental illness, colonialism and its aftermath, poverty and structural violence, drug use and abuse, and HIV risk and treatment. He sits of the Editorial Board of Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry and Reviews in Anthropology, and he was formerly Editor of The Irish Journal of Anthropology. He is the Co-Chair of the Combat Diseases of Poverty Consortium (www.cdpc.ie), funded under The Programme of Strategic Cooperation between Irish Aid and Higher Education and Research Institutes 2007-2011.