Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Ph.D., Joint Medical Anthropology Program, University of California – Berkeley & San Francisco
M.P.H., Community Health Education, Division of Health and Social Behavior, School of Public Health, University of California – Berkeley
B.A., American Studies, University of California – Santa Cruz
Chris Roebuck is a medical anthropologist who engages in critical studies of science, medicine, and the body. His work is centered on problematizations of "the human" and its molecular and molar milieu.
He is concerned with questions of power, knowledge, subject-formation, and governance of the living. He teaches courses in the history and theory of anthropology; anthropology of medicine, science, and technology; urban ethnography; and in feminist, queer, and trans* studies.
His manuscript is entitled Workin’ It: Trans* Lives in the Age of Epidemic. It is an ethnography of trans*gender public cultures, political movements, transnational migrations, kinship, economic transformations in urban North America, and the transspecies entanglements linking molecular and ecological lifeworlds during the ongoing AIDS crisis.
He co-edited a special edition of the journal, Body and Society, entitled “Medical Migrations: Global Quests for Health and Life” and authored, in collaboration with the Transgender Law Center, “How to Start a Transgender Health Clinic,” a guide for patients, providers, and activists.
Currently, he is at work on two projects. The first, “Chimeras are we?” examines the social, biomedical, and ethical implications of the Human Microbiome Project – an N.I.H. sponsored initiative whose objectives include mapping the genomes of the trillions of microorganisms whose ecology is the human body, and describing how these symbionts shape health, illness, and ontology.
His second project is in partnership with the United Nation’s Joint Programme on AIDS’s “HIV Stigma Index” project. It is a community-driven, mixed-methods study of discrimination, criminalization, and violence experienced by people living with HIV and AIDS in 45 nations. Its stated goal is to end HIV-related stigma and to ensure justice and the right to health for those living with, and affected by, HIV and AIDS.
Courses: Spring 2014, Haverford
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