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Emily Ng


Emily Ng is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University. Her interests pivot around themes of religiosity, madness and mental health, and conceptions of time and the person. Her current work with the Spiritual Curiosity project focuses on perceptions of the otherworldly across charismatic Christianity and various strands of Buddhism in urban and rural China. Her previous project addressed spirit mediumship, psychiatry, and post-Mao cosmologies in Henan province, and the significance of spiritual-psychiatric affliction amid labor outmigration and histories of anti-colonial struggle. She has also conducted research on intergenerational transformations in experiences of mania and depression in Shenzhen, paralleling a conceptual shift from the centrality of the state to that of the self since market reforms. Inspired by psychological and medical anthropology, critical theory, and phenomenological psychiatry, her work aims to grapple with the profound dilemmas that give shape to contemporary experiences. She received her PhD in Medical Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.