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Associate Professor of Anthropology, College of the Holy Cross

Dr. Alvaro Jarrín received his Ph.D. from Duke University and he is Associate Professor of Anthropology at College of the Holy Cross. His research explores the imbrication of medicine, the body and inequality in Brazil, with foci on plastic surgery, genomics and gender nonconforming activism. He is the author of The Biopolitics of Beauty: Cosmetic Citizenship and Affective Capital in Brazil (University of California Press), which examines how beauty became an aim of national health in Brazil, and the subtle ways in which beauty is laden with affective value within everyday social practices—thus becoming the terrain upon which race, class, and gender hierarchies are reproduced and contested in Brazil. He also co-edited with Chiara Pussetti a forthcoming collection of essays titled Remaking the Human: Cosmetic Technologies of Body Repair, Reshaping and Replacement (Berghahn Books).

Experience

  • 2014–present
    Associate Professor of Anthropology, College of the Holy Cross