Ruth Goldstein, PhD
California, Brazil, Peru

Bio: I received my doctorate from the joint medical anthropology program at the Universities of California, Berkeley, and San Francisco and my scholarly interests stem from over ten years of examining human rights and environmental issues. My doctoral research focused on the socio-environmental consequences of transnational infrastructure projects and climate change along Latin America’s recently constructed Interoceanic Road, with a particular focus on intersections of race, women’s health and human rights in Brazil, Peru, and Bolivia. My current project analyzes how mercury carries a racialized valence defining migrant labor populations, often indigenous, as socially, mentally, and physically contaminated in California crop-fields and Amazonian gold mines.

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