Kate M. Centellas joined the Croft Institute in the fall of 2009 as Croft Assistant Professor of Anthropology and International Studies, specializing in urban Bolivia. She received her undergraduate degree in biology with a secondary concentration in anthropology from the University of Chicago and completed her Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Chicago in 2008. Her work focuses on the field of bioscientific and biomedical research in contemporary Bolivia and how it relates to indigenous and regional social movements. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in La Paz. Her research interests include anthropology of science and medicine, gender studies, indigenous political movements, and urban anthropology. In 2010 she began the Bolivia Field School in La Paz. Students get hands-on social scientific and ethnographic training in La Paz and conduct original research during the program.
The course aims to provide a theoretical and substantive understanding of the people, cultures, politics and development of Latin America. We ask what defines Latin America as a region and examine key historical, cultural, and political trends from the mid-16th Century through the present. We will also analyze several countries representing major regions of Latin America to understand how they reflect and shape contemporary socio-historical processes. By the end of the term, students will possess:
The course aims to provide a theoretical and substantive understanding of the field of global health from a social science perspective. What makes “global health” a field of study at all and why does it matter? (I.e. we start with the so what?). We then identify some key issues in global health and how can we study and resolve them. The course also relies heavily on primary and secondary sources coupled with hands-on projects and group work. By the end of the term, students will possess:
This course examines gender in Latin America using historical and ethnographic materials. How are men and women 'supposed' to act in public and private? What influences these roles? What does this tell us about kinship, family structure, and identity in different Latin American communities? Throughout the semester, we examine what 'women's work' means using historical, sociological, ethnographic, and policy materials. We interrogate shifts in gender roles and kinship caused by local and global economic conditions, social movements, and transnational processes. By the end of the semester students will also understand the complex interrelationship between ethnicity, class, and gender. The course culminates in a research paper on a topic of the student's choosing.