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Carlos Andres Barragan


  1. PhD [ABD] University of California, Davis (UCD), to present.
  2. MA University of California, Davis (UCD), 2008
  3. BA Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, DC, 2001



I am a PhD candidate in the Science & Technology Studies Program (STS), and the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Davis. My PhD dissertation “Lineages within genomes: situating human genetics research and contentious bio-identities in Northern South America” —funded by the Pacific Rim Research Program (PRRP) and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research—, is a multi-sited ethnography about the articulations of biological capital with emerging forms of individual and collective identity among ethnic minorities in Colombia, South America. My ethnographic analysis focuses on the research agendas of scientists studying human diversity; specifically, I care about the production, circulation, an contestation of abstractions such as “race”, “ethnicity”, “ancestry” and “admixture” (mestizaje) in the fields of biomedicine, human biology and genetics, and socio-cultural and physical anthropology.

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