Thomas J. Csordas
Thomas J. Csordas is the Dr. James Y. Chan Presidential Chair in Global Health, Professor and Chair in the Department of Anthropology, Director of the Global Health Program, and Co- Director of the Global Health Institute at the University of California, San Diego. He has been a visiting fellow of the Russell Sage Foundation (1996-97), the Collegium Budapest (2005), and Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (2011-12). He has served as Co-Editor ofEthos: Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology (1996-2001) and as President of the Society for the Anthropology of Religion (1998-2002) and is a member of the American Society for the Study of Religion.
His research interests include anthropological theory, comparative religion, medical and psychological anthropology. He has conducted ethnographic research funded by the National Institute of Mental Health on therapeutic process in ritual healing in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal movement and among Navajo Indians, and on adolescent mental health in multiethnic communities in the American Southwest. Among his publications are The Sacred Self: A Cultural Phenomenology of Charismatic Healing (1994); Embodiment and Experience: The Existential Ground of Culture and Self (1994); Language, Charisma, and Creativity: Ritual Life in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (1997); Body/Meaning/Healing (2002); and Transnational Transcendence: Essays on Religion and Globalization (2009).