I research race, culture, policy, and health. My current work explores how patients, non-governmental organizations, and the Brazilian government, at state and federal levels, have contributed to the discourse of sickle cell disease (SCD) as a “black” disease, despite a prevailing cultural ideology of racial mixture. I analyze how frameworks of biology, social determinants, and policy respond to Brazilian cultural and historical ideas about race, health, identity, and legitimacy. Working with the theoretical tools of biological citizenship and biosociality, my work emphasizes the intimate relationships between the medical and the social. Download my CV below.
The Cultural Malleability of Biology: Sickle Cell Disease and the State. April 2014.
Invited Lecture to University of Brasilia, Department of Anthropology Seminar Series “Anthropology and Health Policies.” Brasilia, Federal District, Brazil.