Gremillion, Helen 1965–

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Gremillion, Helen 1965–

(Helen C. Gremillion)

PERSONAL: Born March 20, 1965, in Corona, CA; daughter of Michael (an aeronautical engineer) and Virginia (a hospital patient-relations director; maiden name, Dubroc) Gremillion; married Nigel Pizzini (an academic advisor), May 24, 2003. Ethnicity: "Caucasian." Education: Boston University, B.A. (summa cum laude), 1988; University of Chicago, M.A., 1991; Stanford University, Ph.D., 1996. Hobbies and other interests: Singing with Bloomington Chamber Singers.

ADDRESSES: Office—Department of Gender Studies, Indiana University—Bloomington, Bloomington, IN 47405-2201.

CAREER: Stanford University, Stanford, CA, fellow, 1994–95, lecturer in anthropology, 1996–98; Indiana University—Bloomington, assistant professor, 1998–2004, associate professor of gender studies, 2004–, holder of Peg Zeglin Brand chair, 1998–, adjunct professor of anthropology, 1998, cultural studies, 2000, and American studies, 2003, fellow of Research and University Graduate School, 2001, and Freshman Learning Project, 2004. Guest lecturer at University of Washington, Seattle, 1994, and UNITEC University and University of Waikato, 2000; workshop presenter; guest on local media programs. Progressive Faculty Coalition, member, 2001–; Friends of Kinsey, board member.

MEMBER: American Anthropological Association, Association for Medical Anthropology, Association for Feminist Anthropology, National Women's Studies Association, Phi Beta Kappa.

AWARDS, HONORS: Research grant, National Science Foundation, 1993–94; American Fellowship, American Association of University Women, 1995–96; travel grants for Australia, Indiana University—Bloomington, 2000.


Feeding Anorexia: Gender and Power at a Treatment Center, Duke University Press (Durham, NC), 2003.

Contributor of articles and reviews to academic journals, including Journal of Constructivist Psychology, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, and Social Science and Medicine.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Ethnographic Therapies: Lessons for an Engaged Anthropology (tentative title).

SIDELIGHTS: Helen Gremillion told CA: "My writing is inspired by a desire to produce interdisciplinary scholarship that can contribute to new knowledge and to social change. For example, my book, Feeding An-orexia: Gender and Power at a Treatment Center, is a cultural analysis of psychiatric treatments that challenges both the disciplinary boundaries of biomedicine and the lack of attention to the material body in some cultural studies literature, and it aims to help improve treatments for 'eating disorders.' My current work examines intersections among talk therapies, cultural studies, literary theory, and poststructuralist theories and aims to help shift dominant psychotherapeutic paradigms. My writing process is collaborative (without strict divisions between 'studier' and 'studied'), in keeping with the goals of my work."



Working with the Stories of Women's Lives, Dulwich Centre Publications (Adelaide, Australia), 2001.


Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology, February, 2004, Richard O'Connor, review of Feeding Anorexia: Gender and Power at a Treatment Center, p. 90.