- Ph.D., Anthropology, Yale University (2017)
- M.Phil., Anthropology, Yale University (2013)
- B.A., Anthropology and English, University of Arizona (2010)
Research interests: care; the body; the state; medicine and colonialism; health policies and institutions; indigeneity and race; occupational and environmental health; Bolivia; Latin America
Working at the intersections of medical and political anthropology, I write about health institutions and projects to transform health care provision in highland Bolivia. A central concern in my work is how institutional projects to improve care unfold amid enduring dynamics of colonial and capitalist extraction. I analyze the contradictions of care provision in biomedicine and public health, particularly as harm and help, sickness and cure, become bound up with one another. My scholarship traces these questions in different ways across two main projects. My first book, Decolonizing Medicine: Politics and Practices of Care in Bolivia (currently under review), centers on state-led efforts to decolonize the health care system during Evo Morales’s presidency in Bolivia. I highlight how a health policy focus on warm care and cultural inclusion ultimately extended (rather than challenged) longstanding colonial modes of intervention. I have also begun research on a second book project, provisionally titled Afterlives of Mining: Chronicity and Labor in the Bolivian Andes, that traces the historical relationship between mining and shifting approaches to environmental and occupational health in Bolivia. Focusing on the decay of hospitals and other social services once attached to mining centers, I consider how miners navigate care in a context where illnesses endure even when institutions do not.
- Core II: Good Intentions
- History of Anthropological Theory
- Introduction to Socio-Cultural Anthropology
- Medical Anthropology
- Science, Medicine, and Colonialism
- State and Society in Latin America
Selected Research and Publications
n.d. Decolonizing Medicine: Politics and Practices of Care in Bolivia. Book manuscript in progress.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
2018 “There is No Place Like Home: Imitation and the Politics of Recognition in Bolivian Obstetric Care.” Medical Anthropology Quarterly 32: 404-424. DOI:10.1111/maq.12427
2020 “State of Health: Pleasure and Politics in Venezuelan Health Care under Chávez. Amy Cooper. Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2019. 200 pp.” Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology. 25(2): 361 – 362. DOI: 10.1111/jlca.12489
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.
Awards and Honors
- Graves Award in the Humanities, American Council of Learned Societies (2020)
- Mary W. Johnson Faculty Achievement Award in Teaching, Scripps College (2020)
- Sabbatical Research Fellowship, Scripps College (2020)
- Faculty Research Grant, Scripps College (2020)
- Oshita Fund for Emerging Needs, Scripps College (2019)
- Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation (2014)