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Zaith Lopez

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Zaith Lopez

In the Field
Research Interests: 
labor; (im)migration; subjectivity; phenomenology; violence; mental health; substance abuse; memory; psychological and medical anthropology; Latin America


I am broadly interested in the relationship between migration and mental health. My concern is to understand the pervasive experience of mental illness and substance abuse within the day labor (jornalero) community and how jornaleros’ subjectivities are affected by the politics and ethics of care practiced by institutional actors, among individual jornaleros, and the state. Thus, I am also interested in how care is configured in the midst of political violence, anti-immigration rhetoric, and possibly indifference and negligence by society at large.

I received my B.A. in anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles.