Rebecca Lester

Rebecca Lester is a medical and psychological anthropologist as well as a practicing clinician (LCSW). Her work concerns how individuals in institutional settings (nunneries, eating disorder clinics, community mental health organizations) grapple with local imperatives about “healthy selves” and the cultural values about gender, temperament and sociality contained within.

Recent publications include Jesus in Our Wombs: Embodying Modernity in an American Convent (UC Press, 2005), Critical Therapeutics: Cultural Politics and Clinical Reality in Two Eating Disorder Treatment Centers (2007), Anxious Bliss: A Case Study of Dissociation in a Mexican Nun (2007), and Brokering Authenticity: Borderline Personality Disorder and the Ethics of Care in an American Eating Disorder Clinic (2009). She works in Mexico and in the United States.