Public Lecture: Seth Holmes
PhD MD, Division of Society and Environment and the Joint Program in Medical Anthropology, University of California Berkeley/USA

“Migrant Health: Perspectives on Discrimination and Inequality in Health and Health Care”

Information about the speaker:

Seth M. Holmes, PhD, MD, is a cultural anthropologist and physician who works on social hierarchies, health inequities, and the ways in which such asymmetries are naturalized and resisted in the contexts of transnational im/migration, agro-food systems, and health care. Currently, Holmes conducts research on (1) the processes through which biomedical trainees learn to perceive and respond to social differences (2) the representations of and responses to refugees in Europe; and (3) the sociocultural processes through which indigenous Mexican immigrant farmworker youth navigate discrimination.

Dr. Holmes is Associate Professor of Society and Environment and Medical Anthropology, Co-Director of the MD/PhD Track in Medical Anthropology coordinated between UC Berkeley and UCSF, Co-Chair of the Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, an attending Physician in Medicine at Highland Hospital and an active member of the Structural Competency Working Group.

Research Interests / Specializations:

Medical anthropology, transnational im/migration and refugeeism, critical food studies, racialization and racism, gender and queer theory, naturalization and normalization of social and health inequalities, Latin America, the United States, and Europe.

Structural Competency: The „Rad Med“ Structural Competency Working Group is engaged in imagining and experimenting with alternatives to the current systems of health care, health professional training, and racialized policing in the U.S.

MD/PhDs in the Social Sciences and Humanities: The First Nationwide Survey of MD-PhDs in the Social Sciences and Humanities analyzes training patterns and career choices of jointly trained physician-scholars in the social sciences and humanities.

Training for Unequal Care: This project explores the production of the medical habitus and clinical gaze, in other words, the processes through which biomedical trainees learn to perceive and respond to social differences and inequalities.  This research led to the publication of a special issue of Culture, Medicine, Psychiatry focused on the Anthropologies of Contemporary Clinical Training.

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