About Me

Eliza smiling at the camera, wearing a yellow shirt, silver necklace, and blue dangling earrings. Photo by Caio Fernandes Barbosa.

I am a cultural (medical) anthropologist whose research focuses on questions of care in contexts of crisis and social inequality. I work in South America, primarily Brazil.

I am currently working on two projects: one on childbirth and maternal health policy implementation, the other on disability and the social impacts of the Zika virus epidemic, both in Bahia, Brazil.

Currently, I hold a joint appointment as Lecturer in Latin American Studies and Romance Languages and Literatures at Washington University in St. Louis, where I also coordinate the Portuguese language program.

  • PhD in Anthropology (Rice University, 2019)
  • MA in Anthropology (Rice University, 2016)
  • Graduate certificate in the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality (Rice University, 2016)
  • BA in Women & Gender Studies (University of Colorado, Boulder, 2009)
  • BA in Spanish – Spanish & Portuguese track (University of Colorado, Boulder, 2009)

You can find my current CV here. You can also follow me on Twitter @kelizaw and on Academia.edu.