Thursday, October 18, 2018
Title: Place, personhood, and precarity: Immigration and the landscape of care in rural America
Thurka Sangaramoorthy is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Maryland. She is a cultural anthropologist with specialization in medical anthropology and epidemiology. Her research and teaching interests include global health and development, infectious disease epidemics, social studies of science, health policy and governance, and critical studies of racialization. Her work broadly is concerned with linking theories and forms of subjectivity with economies and practices of care and governance. She has worked at this intersection on diverse topics, including HIV, immigrant health, and environmental risk in various contexts including the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Africa.
Dr. Sangaramoorthy is presently engaged in research projects that study issues of chronicity, aging, and HIV, particularly among African American and Black immigrant women; explore the material and moral effects of recent health and immigration policies on immigrant mental health and well-being; and examine the social life of environmental health policies around cumulative risk. Because she is interested in working jointly with those outside of her field to create new integrative conceptual, theoretical, methodological, and translational approaches—ones that move beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries—to address a common problem, these projects are both interdisciplinary and collaborative, and include scholars from anthropology, environmental health, and epidemiology. Her recent publications have focused on the work referenced above; she also writes on issues of social inequality for public audiences.