Jen Zelnick ’12
Check out the blog of Anthropology Alumna Jennifer Zelnick ’12, Luce Scholar in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Anthropology department alumna Jen Zelnick is currently in Cambodia on a Luce Scholarship. Only 18 U.S. students were named Luce Scholars this year by the Henry Luce Foundation. Jen is the first Haverford student since 1999 to be awarded one of the prestigious fellowships, which offer a year-long immersion experience in Asia for outstanding young Americans. Jen is working as a Policy Officer on public health issues in Phnom Penh.
She blogging about her experience at jenzelincambodia.wordpress.com. You can check out her blog by using the username “Haverfriend” and the password “tomkinglockdown.” Jen welcomes you to comment, but please include your name.
Jen's thesis in anthropology, based on several months of fieldwork in Bali and entitled Sex (Work), Drugs, and HIV/AIDS: Narrating Agency in Bali, explores the ways in which individuals living with HIV/AIDS in Bali negotiate the stigma imposed by institutionalized inequalities that mark them as immoral, liminal, and deviant. She explores the ways in which these individuals simultaneously accept and reject stigma, structural violence, symbolic violence, and the master narrative of immorality as a means of understanding, interpreting, and negotiating their own initiative and power.