Lauren Krishnamurti

  • PhD Student - Cultural

I am a social and cultural anthropologist with interests in medical and psychological anthropology. I am specifically interested in the phenomenology of self-death, the biopolitics of suicide prevention, and the entanglement of both these things within the U.S. mental health care system. My dissertation research focuses on suicide and prevention efforts in Oahu, Hawaii. Among other things, my project examines how public health institutions shape knowledge on suicide and how that knowledge is (re)produced and lived within communities considered to be “at risk.” Prior to beginning my PhD, I worked for five years as a data analyst for mental health researchers at UPMC.


Degrees and Education

MA, Carnegie Mellon University
BA, Chatham College