I am a second year PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at Rice University. For my dissertation project, I am studying the social and cultural value of skin in and through the practices and techniques of dermatology. In the US and France, I will follow dermatologists and dermatology researchers in contemporary laboratories and clinical settings, to discipline-wide meetings that orient the field’s futures, and (through the archives) back in time to the practice’s beginnings in 19th century France.
More generally, I am interested in how sociocultural values enter and emanate from medicine and medical discourses. Theoretically guided by critical race, feminist, and Foucauldian theories, I orient my thinking toward the ways in which science and technology contribute to knowledge about bodies while also contributing to the making or maintenance of social relations.
At Rice, I participate in certificate programs at the Center for Critical and Cultural Theory (3CT) and the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Outside of “pure” academics, I am also involved with the Minorities in Social Sciences
graduate group and, for 2019-2020 am helping out (along with Svetlana Borodina) with the Disability Studies Lecture Series
put on by Dr. Zoë Wool and supported by many centers on campus.
Before coming to Rice, I earned a Master of Public Health from The George Washington University (‘18) with a focus on global health. In 2015, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.