Luisa Reis Castro
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LuÍsa Reis Castro

Technologies and insects brought Luísa to HASTS. Her work investigates new technologies for controlling mosquito-borne diseases as a window to discuss science and health policies. Her research focuses on different vector control projects being researched, tested, and implemented in Brazil, which attempt to use the Aedes aegyptpti mosquito as a means of controlling the pathogens it is known to transmit. Combining theoretical and methodological tools from anthropology, STS, history, and environmental humanities, Luísa examines these projects to develop a framework for understanding how the deployment of different scales—territory, island, border, and climate—can determine research and responses to disease transmission and health outcomes. Her dissertation research has been supported by the Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability, Wenner-Gren Foundation, Social Science Research Council (SSRC), National Science Foundation (NSF), MIT Center for International Studies, and MIT-Brazil Program.

Before attending MIT’s HASTS program, Luísa received both her MSc in Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology and her MA in Studies on Society, Science and Technology at Maastricht University, in the Netherlands. For her BA in Social Sciences, she attended the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, in Brazil. Also prior to conducting research at MIT, she worked at the Spiral Institute at the Université de Liège and in the Anthropology of Law, Organizations, Science and Technology (LOST) group at MLU Halle-Wittenberg, where she maintains her participation in the international LOST Network. In addition, she has been a visiting student at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, the Humboldt-Universität Zu Berlin, and the Laboratoire d'anthropologie sociale.

Key words

anthropology of biology and health sciences; anthropology of science, technology and medicine; global STS; animal-human interactions; public health and politics; mosquitoes and vector control; mosquito-borne diseases



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