Alex V Barnard

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Research Interests: 
Political Sociology, Social Policy, Mental Health, Comparative Sociology
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Barrows 483
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I am a comparative political and medical sociologist, interested in explaining the different institutional design of mental health care systems and how they shape the trajectories of people with severe mental disorders in France and the United States. My comparison draws on ethnographic observations of decision-making in public clinics, disability offices, and courtrooms, in-depth interviews, and archival sources.

I have previously studied radical environmental movements around waste; my book Freegans: Diving into the Wealth of Food Waste in America is available from the University of Minnesota Press. Portions of this research have also been published in The American Journal of Sociology and Ethnography.