Robert R. Desjarlais is a Professor of Anthropology at Sarah Lawrence College. His special interests inlcude the cultural construction of experience, subjectivity and inter-subjectivity, death and mourning, and the political economy of illness and healing. He has completed ethnographic fieldwork in the Nepal Himalayas, with the residents of a homeless shelter in Boston, and among competitive chess players. Desjarlais is the author of Body and Emotion: The Aesthetics of Illness and Healing in the Nepal Himalayas; Shelter Blues: Sanity and Selfhood Among the Homeless; Sensory Biographies: Lives and Deaths Among Nepal’s Yolmo Buddhists; and Counter-play: an Anthropologist at the Chessboard. He has also received a Guggenheim fellowship and a Howard fellowship.