Anthropology and Social Change
School of Consciousness and Transformation
Adrienne Pine is a medical anthropologist who has previously taught at San Quentin State Prison, The American University in Cairo, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras, UC Berkeley, and American University in Washington DC (from where she retired in 2021 as Associate Professor). Her work centers on empire, neoliberal fascism, health justice, asylum and somatic solidarity. Her first book, Working Hard, Drinking Hard: On Violence and Survival in Honduras (UC Press), explores the embodiment and culturalization as everyday violence of imperialist capitalism in Honduras. Her second book is Asylum for Sale: Profit and Protest in the Asylum Industry (PM Press, coauthored with Siobhán McGuirk), an edited volume that explores how current practices of asylum align with the neoliberal moment and presents transformative visions for alternative systems and processes. Also known (among other things) for scandalously feeding an infant and being unsuccessfully prosecuted by the U.S. government for “interfering with certain protective functions of the State Department” after attempting to prevent a U.S.-led coup, Dr. Pine approaches ethnographic theory and praxis as strategic tools for anti-capitalist struggle.