Omar Dewachi

Omar Dewachi is Associate Professor of Medical Anthropology at Rutgers University. Trained as a physician and anthropologist, Dewachi’s work examines the social, medical and environmental impacts of decades of war and violence in Iraq and the broader Middle East. His award-winning book, “Ungovernable Life: Mandatory Medicine and Statecraft in Iraq” (SUP 2017), is the first study documenting the rise and fall of state medicine in Iraq and the unmaking of healthcare infrastructure under decades of US interventions in the country. His upcoming book “Ecologies of Wounds and Wounding” chronicles the biosocial life of war wounds, the rise of multidrug-resistant bacteria, and the reconfigurations of healthcare and humanitarian geographies across East-of-the-Mediterranean states.