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 new conceptual frames of biocultural citizenship and bounded justice, my work emphasizes the intimate relationships between the medical and the social. Download my CV below.
Biocultural Citizenship and Embodying Exceptionalism: Biopolitics for Sickle Cell Disease in Brazil. June 2017.
Science and Democracy Network Annual Meeting, Program on Science, Technology and Society, Harvard University.