Mixed Methods Members > Ellen Rubinstein, PhD
Dr. Ellen B. Rubinstein is a medical and psychological anthropologist with ethnographic research experience in Japan and the U.S. Her research interests include mental health, psychiatry, diagnosis, disability, aging, and family, all of which contribute to her efforts to understand the complex interactions between (bio)medicine, health, and illness. Her research focuses particularly on care, investigating how families, patients, and practitioners construct mutually constitutive caring relations despite structural constraints and different lived experiences. Her core interests can be summarized in a few key questions: How are caring relations reconfigured in the wake of a diagnosed disease or disability? How do non-clinical contexts become generative spaces of new knowledge and practices of care? Finally, what practices constitute “good” care—and by whose standards?