Please join us to hear Helena Hansen, PhD, MD discuss her new book, Addicted to Christ. The book is an in-depth analysis of Pentecostal ministries in Puerto Rico that were founded and run by self-identified "ex-addicts," ministries that were also widespread in poor Black and Latino neighborhoods in the U.S. mainland. By contrasting the ministries' logic of addiction with that of bio-medicine, Hansen rethinks roads to recovery, discovering unexpected convergences with bio-medicine while revealing the allure of street corner ministries.
Helena Hansen earned an MD and a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology as part of Yale University’s NIH funded Medical Scientist Training Program. She is a joint-appointed assistant professor of anthropology and psychiatry at New York University, and a research psychiatrist at the New York State Office of Mental Health's Nathan Kline Institute. During graduate school she completed fieldwork in Havana on Cuban AIDS policy, in urban Connecticut on harm reduction and needle exchange, and in Puerto Rico on faith healing in evangelical Christian addiction ministries founded and run by self-identified ex-addicts. Her work has been published in both clinical and social science journals ranging from the Journal of the American Medical Association and Health Affairs to Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, and Medical Anthropology.