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Joelle Abi-Rached

Past Graduate Student Affiliate


Joelle Abi-Rached

Joelle Abi-Rached is a PhD student in the History of Science at Harvard University. Her interests lie at the intersection of history, philosophy, ethics, and policy. Her dissertation explores the history of madness in the Levant, as well as the ethics of care, and the politics of precarious lives and sectarianism. It is also a meditation on secular and religious politics and on what Paul Ricoeur calls an "ethics of memory."

Abi-Rached was originally trained as a medical doctor at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and holds an MD from AUB and an MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Her master's thesis, which was motivated by growing up in a society marked by political violence, was on the ethics of war, in specific, on post-war ethics and the role "mental health" could play in the reconstruction of post-traumatized selves. The aim was to fill a gap in the literature on the so-called "Just War Theory." This detour from medicine to policy and ethics was possible thanks to a generous support from the LSE's PJD Wiles Scholarship.

This information is accurate for the time period that the affiliate is affiliated with CES.


  • PhD Student in History of Science, Harvard University
  • Graduate Student Affiliate, CES, Harvard University