Public Health

Héctor G. Carrillo

Héctor G. Carrillo

Program Area(s):  Gender and Sexuality; Transnationalism/Globalization; History; Public Health; Immigration/Emigration

With a focus on Mexico and Mexican immigrants, Héctor Carrillo (Sociology, Gender & Sexuality Studies) investigates the intersections between sexuality, immigration, and health. He also conducts research on the sexualities of non-gay identified men who are sexually attracted to both women and men. At Northwestern, Carrillo teaches courses on the sociology of sexualities, global sexual cultures, sexuality and public policy, and transnationalism. In 2013-14, Prof. Carrillo was the Interim director of the Latina and Latino Studies Program. He currently is co-director of the Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN).

Stefanie Graeter

Program Area(s):  Public Health

Also affiliated with the Department of Anthropology.

Stefanie Graeter’s work examines the knowledge and politics of environmental contamination, human health, and mineral extraction in Peru. Her dissertation focused on the heavy metal lead, a lucrative product and toxic byproduct of mining, which became emblematic for the fraught moral disagreements over Peruvian neoliberal extractivism. This project drew from eighteen months of ethnographic research with community leaders, affected residents and workers, Catholic environmental scientists, NGOs, and corporate and state representatives. Currently, she is developing her book manuscript, Mineral Incorporations, which discusses the political possibilities and limits of environmentalism and human rights in Peru. The analysis highlights how lead exposure science translated local moral injustices of poverty and illness into evidentiary claims that offered newfound political recognition and material opportunities. The text also negotiates the various impasses which have hindered the scientific and political legitimacy of impacted citizens and their advocates within neoliberal economic governance, models of corporate social responsibility, and entrenched networks of corruption.

Stefanie teaches two courses in the Department of Anthropology and Science in Human Culture. “Ecology, Environment, Nature” (Winter) examines anthropological concepts of human-nonhuman milieus in historical and political context. “Toxicity, Knowledge, Politics” takes a look at global contestations over toxicity, scientific knowledge, and the valuation of human life.

Paul Ramírez

Paul Ramírez

Program Area(s):  Mexico and Central America; Public Health; Atlantic World; History; Religion; Colonialism

Paul Ramírez (Ph.D., Berkeley) specializes in the history of Mexico in the colonial and early national periods. His book project on epidemics and public health, tentatively titled “Minerva's Children: Mexico's Enlightenment Battle against Epidemic Disease,” examines the colonial rituals and genres that facilitated Mexico's early adoption of preventive medicine. His research has appeared The Americas, Hispanic American Historical Review, and Endeavour, and has been supported by institutions such as the Newberry Library, Notre Dame's Institute for Advanced Study, the Huntington Library, the Mabelle McLeod Lewis Foundation, the University of California’s Institute for Mexico and the U.S. (UC MEXUS), and Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. He is undertaking research on a new project on the religious dimensions of the harvest and production of salt in Mexico.