Gabriela Morales

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Office Address: Vita Nova 110
Office Phone: (909) 607-3156
Email: gmorales@scrippscollege.edu
Gabriela Morales

Academic History

  • Ph.D., Anthropology, Yale University (2017)
  • M.Phil., Anthropology, Yale University (2013)
  • B.A., Anthropology and English, University of Arizona (2010)

Areas of Expertise

My research lies at the intersections of medical anthropology, settler colonial/postcolonial studies, and the anthropology of care. I am currently preparing a book manuscript on state-led efforts to decolonize the Bolivian national health care system during Evo Morales’ presidency. This ethnography follows health policy from government offices to a rural municipal hospital to trace the relations that unfold in the context of these reforms. My central concern is with healing and care as tied to quotidian struggles to live a good life; I examine how patients, practitioners, and administrators engage in aspirational and ethical projects under policies that both reinscribe and transform a colonial biopolitics.

Selected Research and Publications

Journal Articles
2018 “There is No Place Like Home: Imitation and the Politics of Recognition in Bolivian Obstetric Care.” Medical Anthropology Quarterly. DOI:10.1111/maq.12427

Book Reviews
2015 “Street, Alice 2014. Biomedicine in an unstable place. Infrastructure and personhood in a Papua New Guinean hospital. Durham, NC: PB - Duke University Press. 304 pp. Pb.: US$19.58. ISBN-13: 978-0822357780.” Social Anthropology 23(3): 403-404.

Work in Progress
n.d. Medicine, Decolonization, and the Ethics of Care in Bolivia. Book manuscript.

Awards and Honors

National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (2014)

Courses Taught

Introduction to Socio-Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology and Global Health
Settler Colonialism
Culture and Politics in Latin America
Core 3: Embodying Illness
Science, Medicine, and Colonialism

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