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Barnard - Headshot 2016

I am an assistant professor of sociology at New York University. I received my PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2019.

My book project, Mental States (under contract with Columbia University Press), examines how different governmental and medical institutions make decisions about people with severe mental illnesses in France and the United States. I have an article with Tonya Tartour on the work of lawyers representing patients committed to hospitals without their consent in New York, an article with Isabel Perera on lessons from France for the U.S. mental health system, and an article in Theory and Society on disability evaluations in France. I have some academic papers that may or may not ever be published on civil commitment hearings and clinical decision-making in the two countries.

I am also currently collecting qualitative and quantitative data on the use of involuntary treatment in California. My report, “Absent Authority“, analyzes California’s conservatorship continuum. I have prepared a brief (with Neil Gong) based on this research and published op-eds in the Street Sheet and SF Chronicle. I’ve also been analyzing 567 newspaper articles about to examine shifting representations of the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act. Finally, I’m involved in the DemoWatch project studying police-protester interactions in the Occupy movement, through Goodly Labs.

I’ve previously studied social movements against food waste (as an undergraduate at Princeton University) and the local politics of climate change in Ecuador (as a graduate student at Oxford University). My book “Freegans: Diving into the Wealth of Food Waste in America” is available from University of Minnesota Press, and papers from this project have been published in Ethnography and the American Journal of Sociology.

Some of my other interests include running, vegan cooking, and listening to the same poorly recorded punk rock from the 1980s I liked in high school.