My current research and writing projects are focused on themes of kinship and care.
My primary project investigates the interplay between psychiatric diagnoses, assisted reproductive technologies (ART), and the social process of becoming a parent. Legislative changes in Argentina in 2013 expanded access to ART by shifting the financial burden from individuals to the national health insurance structure. My research asks, how has expanded access to these services affected notions of queer kinship among LGBTQ individuals? In addition to these newly accessible ART procedures, LGBTQ couples and individuals have been able to adopt as a means of forming a family, however severe mental health diagnoses may deem these parties unfit for parenthood. Given that LGBTQ individuals are disproportionately diagnosed with and affected by mental health disorders, my research asks how does the state utilize psychiatric care to govern the (re)production of the nuclear family? This project is funded by the US Department of State, through which I am a Fulbright Scholar who will be conducting research in collaboration with the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2018.
One of my side project investigates the relationship between humanitarian care and slavery. Through archival analysis and personal interviews, I hope to outline the social conditions in post-colonial Vietnam that enabled families to justify circumstances of domestic indentured servitude on extended family members under the guise of humanitarian care. My research asks, who counts as a slave and what is the function of humanitarian care?
I am a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology at Rice University. I earned my bachelors in Spanish and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Tufts University in 2017. Prior to joining Rice, I worked as an assistant program coordinator and outreach specialist for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Community Benefits Office and Dana-Farber’s Mammography Van (DFMV).