- PhD, Joint Medical Anthropology Program, University of California – Berkeley & San Francisco
- MPH, Community Health Education, Division of Health and Social Behavior, School of Public Health, University of California – Berkeley
- B., American Studies, University of California – Santa Cruz
Chris Roebuck is a medical anthropologist, engaged in critical studies of science, medicine, and the body. His work contends with problematizations of "the human" and its intertwined molecular and molar ecologies.
He is concerned with questions of power, knowledge, personhood, and the governing of life. He has taught courses in the history and theory of anthropology; anthropology of medicine, science, and technology; urban ethnography; and in feminist, queer, and trans* studies.
His book project is entitled, Workin’ It: Trans* Lives in the Age of Epidemics. It is an ethnographic accounting of precarious entanglements, linking micro- and macro- lifeworlds during the ongoing HIV crisis. Based in a hybrid of urban ethnography and critical medical anthropology, it explores the emergence of recent biosocial forms: transgender health, trans*/gender public cultures; trans*, queer, and AIDS political movements; transnational migrations; and economic transformations. It draws attention to cultivations of the self, practices of kin-making, techniques of care, and modes of flourishing amid a biosocial crisis.
He co-edited a special edition of the journal, Body and Society, entitled “Medical Migrations: Global Quests for Health and Life. In collaboration with the Transgender Law Center, he authored How to Start a Transgender Health Clinic, a guide for patients, providers, and advocates; and "... To Thrive and Not Just Survive: " Focus Group Findings and Lessons from Trans Women of Color Living with HIV in the Southern United States."
Currently, he is venturing on a new project, “Chimeras are we?” It examines the social, biomedical, and ethical implications following upon the Human Microbiome Project (HMP) – an N.I.H. sponsored, multidisciplinary effort whose goals included (1) identifying the genetic and metabolic characteristics of the trillion or so microorganisms whose ecology is the human body, and (2) describing how these symbionts shape health, illness, and transspecies ontologies. “Chimeras are we?” asks (a) how are findings from HMP (re)connecting the fields of microbiology and ecology, and (b) what sorts of planetary, multispecies ethics follow upon conceptualizations of “the human” as both microcosmos and milieu?
Dedicated to fostering community-academic partnerships and public anthropology, Chris has collaborated with the Transgender Law Center's "Positively Trans" program, the People Living with HIV Stigma Index, and Seroproject's "HIV Is Not a Crime Training Academy."