Assistant Professor of Contemporary Chinese
Culture and Society, Barnard College
Office: 321-A Milbank Hall Barnard College
Office Hours: T 12:00-1:00, W 1:00-2:00, or by appointment
Phone: (212) 854-2125
BA: Pomona College
MIA: Columbia University
PhD: University of California, Berkeley
EAAS UN3844 Health & Society in Contemporary East Asia
EAAS GU4102 Critical Approaches – East Asia: Social Sciences
EAAS GU4840 China and the Politics of Desire
Medical and psychological anthropology, addiction and recovery, civil society, mental health service provision, psychoanalysis
Nick Bartlett is Assistant Professor of Contemporary Chinese Culture and Society in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures at Barnard College. He holds a B.A. from Pomona College, a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco. Before arriving in New York, he lectured in anthropology at UCLA and the University of Southern California.
Growing out of previous public health activities, his first research project offers a phenomenological exploration of long-term heroin users’ recovery from addiction in a mining community in southwest China. He is currently studying psychoanalysis and participating in group relations conferences and videoconferencing exchanges with Chinese psychotherapists in preparation for a new research project that will investigate the reception of Freud in China.
“The Ones Who Struck Out: Entrepreneurialism, Heroin Addiction, and Historical Obsolescence in Reform Era China.” positions: asia critique 26.3 (2018): 423-449.
“Idling in Mao’s Shadow: Heroin Addiction and the Contested Therapeutic Value of Socialist Traditions of Laboring.” Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry (2018) 42.1: 49-68.
“What’s in the ‘Treatment Gap’? Ethnographic Perspectives on Addiction and Global Mental Health from China, Russia and the United States” (with co-authors William Garriot and Eugene Raikhel) Medical Anthropology, 2014 33(6).