About Eric Plemons
I am a medical anthropologist focused on surgical practice and the production, circulation and application of expert knowledge on gendered bodies. My first book, The Look of a Woman (2017, Duke University Press), examines Facial Feminization Surgery, a series of bone and soft tissue reconstructive surgeries intended to feminize the faces of trans- women. My current projects include multisited ethnographic research investigating how US institutions are responding to a growing demand for trans- healthcare, and a literature-based analysis of how trans- surgical outcomes are studied and clinically assessed. Focused on knowledge and how it moves in the form of embodied and institutional practices, my research has been problem- rather than place-based. Working out from the contemporary conditions of US trans- medicine, my ethnographic work in surgical clinics has taken me to Northern Europe and South America.
My research engages theories of sex and gender, the critical study of science and medicine, political economies of medicine and medical innovation, trans- studies, anthropological theories of practice, and the studies of technology and technique.
I am a core faculty member in the Transgender Studies Initiative here at University of Arizona.
2017 The Look of a Woman: Facial feminization surgery and the aims of trans- medicine. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. **Winner of the 2017 Ruth Benedict Book Prize**
2017 Formations of Femininity: science and aesthetics in facial feminization surgery. Medical Anthropology. [DOI: 10.1080/01459740.2017.1298593]
2015 Anatomical Authorities: On the epistemological exclusion of trans- surgical patients. Medical Anthropology. [DOI:10.1080/01459740.2015.1036264]
ANTH 150 Many Ways of Being Human
ANTH 325 Bodies in Medicine
ANTH 406 Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality
ANTH 444 Introduction to Medical Anthropology
ANTH 536 The Body, Health, and Illness
ANTH 696B Sex, Gender, Science, Medicine
PhD Univ of California, Berkeley
MA Univ of Chicago
BA DePauw University