Hagerty, Alexa

Grad Status: 
In the Field

My dissertation project explores humanitarian exhumation of the dead in the wake of political violence in Latin America. I focus on the relationships between scientific experts, human rights activists and families of the missing and the dead. These complex relationships offer a site to consider larger themes of human rights interventions, the social role of science and technology, and relationships of care—both among the living and between the living and the dead.

I work at the intersection of Medical Anthropology, Psychological Anthropology, Political Anthropology and Science and Technology Studies. My theoretical interests include: affect, subjectivity, imagination, phenomenology, violence, trauma, narrative, semiotics and poetics.

I studied Classics at St. John’s College and have a Master’s Degree in Anthropology and Folklore from the University of California, Berkeley.