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  • Donna Goldstein has written extensively on the intersection of race, gender, poverty and violence in Brazil. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Laughter Out of Place: Race, Class, Violence, and Sexuality in a Rio Shantytown (University of California Press 2013, 2003), winner of the 2005 Margaret Mead award for public anthropology. Currently, Professor Goldstein is working on a series of projects within the anthropology of science. She has written about pharmaceutical politics, bioethics, regulation, and neoliberalism in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and the United States, and is currently researching the history of Cold War science and nuclear energy in Brazil. She is interested in a range of case studies that involve late industrial toxicity and effects on public health and the environment. She has also written on politics, gesture, and spectacle.


  • medical anthropology, public health, cultural anthropology, history of science and technology, cold war, hydraulic fracturing, nuclear energy, toxicity


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