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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, 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 and an article in Theory and Society on disability evaluations in France.

I am also currently collecting data on the use of involuntary treatment in California. I have prepared a brief based on this research and published op-eds in the Street Sheet and SF Chronicle. I’m also 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 less pretentious interests include running, vegan cooking, and listening to poorly recorded punk rock from the 1980s.