Gabrielle Robbins
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Gabrielle Robbins

Gabrielle combines her interests in medical and environmental anthropology and STS to study the interaction between pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. She focuses on "farm pharma" across sites in Francophone Africa and the United States, asking how local communities creatively navigate global scientific, extractive, and industrial systems on the ground. Her current project focuses on the cultivation and processing of the antimalarial herb sweet wormwood (Artemisia annua) in Madagascar.

Prior to arriving at HASTS, Gabrielle received her B.A. in Anthropology from Barnard College, in the course of which she conducted fieldwork in Madagascar and Northern California. She also worked and lived in Casablanca, Morocco in 2016-17. She is a 2017 recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

At MIT, Gabrielle is the HASTS departmental representative to the Graduate Student Council. She is also a representative for the GSC Department and Classroom Inclusion Initiative, working on program and institutional best practices for application assistance, admissions outreach, and student inclusion and representation. She encourages interested applicants to contact her with any questions.

Key words

anthropology; global STS; pharmaceuticals; medicine, technology, and politics; postcolonial science studies; North and East Africa



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