Research group for the ethnographic inquiry into ecologies, infrastructures, bodies and knowledges
Laboratory: Anthropology of Environment | Human Relations

Lauren Cubellis

Lauren CubellisI am currently a DFG Postdoctoral researcher in the Institute for European Ethnology at Humboldt University in Berlin and a member of the Laboratory for the Anthropology of Environment | Human Relations. I completed my PhD in Anthropology (Washington University in St. Louis) and my Masters in Public Health (Columbia University). My research focuses on questions of risk, crisis, and care in psychiatric practice.

My doctoral dissertation examined the implementation of alternative psychiatries in Berlin, specifically the Open Dialogue model for the treatment of psychosis. By studying practitioners, hospital doctors, trainers, insurance providers, and clients, the project reflected on the difficulty of attuning to shared goals in the provision of crisis care, and the ways by which imaginaries of “good care” or “good outcomes” are tethered to divergent social and economic evaluations of time and responsibility.

My postdoctoral work focuses on the discernment of need for individuals living within the category of “psychiatric disability”. The implementation of recent changes to German disability law has positioned these service users in novel relationships with structures and institutions of care. The way everyday needs are recognized – by service users, their family members, their providers, and the state – is taken up as both an object of study and an emergent practice newly shaped by the incorporation of experience-informed (or peer professional) advising.




Lauren Cubellis

Competing responsibilities and the distribution of outcome through dialogic practice Journal Article

In: Medical Anthropology, iss. 42, no. 1, pp. 81-93, 2022.


Patrick Bieler, Lauren Cubellis, Jonna Josties, Anja Klein, Jörg Niewöhner, Christine Schmid

Ethnografische Theorie ko-laborativ fügen Journal Article

In: Hamburger Journal für Kulturanthropologie (HJK), vol. 13, pp. 522-555, 2021.


Lauren Cubellis, Christine Schmid, Sebastian von Peter

Ethnography in health services research: Oscillation between theory and practice Journal Article

In: Qualitative Health Research, 2021.



Lauren Cubellis

Sympathetic Care Journal Article

In: Cultural Anthropology , vol. 35, no. 1, pp. 14-22, 2020.

Lauren Cubellis

Gestures of Care and Recognition: An Introduction Journal Article

In: Cultural Anthropology, vol. 35, no. 1, pp. 1-5, 2020.



Lauren Cubellis

Care Wounds: Precarious Vulnerability and the Potential of Exposure Journal Article

In: Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry, vol. 42, no. 3, pp. 628-646, 2018.


Leah G. Pope, Lauren Cubellis, Kim Hopper

Signing on for Dirty Work: Taking Stock of a Public Psychiatry Project from the Inside Journal Article

In: Transcultural Psychiatry, vol. 53, no. 4, pp. 506-526, 2016.