Bridget Hansen


  • BA, Anthropology, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • BA, Classical Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago


I study how cultural beliefs and practices of mental illness and health interact with the dramatic, neoliberalism of Euro-American systems of biomedicine/psychology, which are being imported into the Arabian Gulf countries at a rapid pace. Many Arabian Gulf countries are experiencing a  proliferation of private mental health clinics, hospitals, and facilities, yet there are minimal regulating bodies or laws to oversee them. My work will explore the consequent ethical considerations for patients and professionals, as well as the implications of the “consumption” of this new, private health care.