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Arachu Castro

Arachu Castro, Ph.D., M.P.H., is Samuel Z. Stone Chair of Public Health in Latin America and Director of the Collaborative Group for Health Equity in Latin America at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Her major interests are how social inequalities are embodied as differential risk for pathologies common among the poor and how health policies may alter the course of epidemic disease and other pathologies afflicting populations living in poverty. Most of her current research takes place in the Dominican Republic and Cuba at the intersection of medical anthropology and epidemiology.

She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Medicine and Health for her work throughout Latin America and the Caribbean on women and HIV. Before joining Tulane in 2013, she was Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is the President of the Society for Medical Anthropology.