Lecturer, Latin American Studies
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Eliza Williamson studies reproduction, health care, and the body in contemporary Brazil. Her work focuses on maternal health policy and family care in a context of pronounced racial inequality, and she uses ethnographic methods and analysis to understand lived experiences of marginalization and health care practice. Her current book project is an ethnography of policy seeking to “humanize” childbirth in the majority Afro-Brazilian city of Salvador da Bahia. Her second research project focuses on Bahian families raising disabled children with congenital Zika syndrome in the aftermath of the 2015-16 Zika virus epidemic. In both projects, Eliza pays particular attention to the intersections of race, gender, and embodied difference as they shape access to and experiences with health care.