Lesley Sharp

Lesley Sharp

Lesley Sharp

Adjunct Senior Research Scientist
Sociomedical Sciences


411 Milbank, Barnard College, 3009 Broadway Ave
New York NY USA 10027
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Primary concerns within medical anthropology currently include biotechnologies, the symbolics of the body, and the intersection between anthropology and bioethics. Much of my work over the past 14 years has focused on forms of human organ replacement (human-to-human and experimental trajectories involving non-human implants). I've also written extensively on indigenous healing, as well as youth, health, history, and sexuality in Madagascar


PhD, 1990, UC/ Berkeley w/joint degree UC/San Francisco, Medical Anthropology
MA, 1984, UC/Berkeley, Anthropology
BA, 1978, Brandeis University

Editorial Boards

Medical Anthropology Quarterly

Select Global Activities

: Ethnographic field research 1987-8, 1993-5

Select Publications

Lesley A. Sharp Bodies, Commodities, and Biotechnologies: Death, Mourning, and Scientific Desire in the Realm of Human Organ Transfer Columbia New York, NY USA 2007
Lesley A. Sharp Strange Harvest: Oragn Transplants, Denatured Bodies, and the Transformed Self California Berkeley, CA, USA 2006
Lesley A. Sharp The Sacrificed Generation: Youth, History, and the Colonized Mind in Madagascar California Bekeley, CA, USA 2002
Lesley A. Sharp The Possessed and the Dispossessed. Spirits, Identity, and Power in a Madagascar Migrant Town California Berkeley, CA, USA 1993
Keith Wailook, Peter Guarnaccia, Julie Livingston, eds. A Death Retold: Jesica Santillan, the Bungled Transplant, and the Paradoxes of Medical Citizenship Carolina Chapel Hill, NC, USA 2006
Lesley A. Sharp Denying Culture in the Transplant Arena: Technocratic Medicine's Myth of Democratization Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 11:2 142-150 2002
Lesley A. Sharp Commodified Kin: Death, Mourning, and Competing Claims on the Bodies of Organ Donors in the United States American Anthropologist 103:1 112-133 2001
Lesley A. Sharp The Commodification of the Body and Its Parts Annual Review of Anthropology 29 287-328 2000
Lesley A. Sharp A Medical Anthropologist's View on Posttransplant Compliance: The Underground Economy of Medical Survival Transplantation Proceedings 31 Supp. 4A 31S-33S 1999

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