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Alexa Hagerty


Alexa Hagerty

Research Interests: 
Latin America, critical human rights, medical anthropology, morality, imagination


My research explores the social world of the forensic exhumation of mass graves. Working in the wake of political violence in Latin America, I focus on relationships between scientific experts, human rights activists and families of missing people. I am interested in the intersection of science and emotion, the meeting of advanced technology and ritual tradition, and what happens when our drive for knowledge comes up against the unknowable.

I am trained as a medical anthropologist and also draw extensively on science and technology studies and psychological anthropology. My theoretical interests include subjectivity, phenomenology and storytelling.