Valentina Ramia is a PhD candidate in anthropology at Stanford University. Her research is funded by the Social Science Research Council and the National Science Foundation. Her work is at the intersection between law and medicine, with particular focus on how legal fear and pathological fear are defined and distinguished in asylum procedure. Before coming to Stanford University, Valentina was a Prize Fellow at the New School for Social Research, where she received an MA in anthropology and an MS in public policy analysis and management. She is also a classically trained pianist. Her broader interests include history of science, experimental ethnography, graphic novels, film and music.