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Thurka Sangaramoorthy Ph.D., M.P.H.

Thurka Sangaramoorthy, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Associate Professor

0123B Woods Hall
College Park , Maryland 20742
Office Phone: 301-405-1437


  1. PhD, Medical Anthropology, UC San Francisco and Berkeley, 2008
  2. MPH, Sociomedical Sciences Research, Columbia University, 2002
  3. BA, Anthropology, Barnard College, 1998


As a medical anthropologist who works in applied public health, I am interested in research designs that investigate 1) how structural and social inequalities contribute to global health disparities, and 2) the impact of culture, gender, race and poverty on health care access. I feel that it is important to focus not only on the everyday practices of those most impacted by disease, but also on the interactions between people, programs, and policies in the field of global HIV/STD prevention. More importantly, I believe that it is crucial to conceptualize health from a broader perspective, not just as the absence of disease or universal access to medicine, but as an ongoing struggle against political, economic, and institutional injustices.

Research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of medical anthropology and applied public health. Population and geographic specialties include vulnerable populations in the United States, the Caribbean and African diaspora, and the mobile poor. Specific expertise include areas of medical anthropology, science and technology studies, anthropology of medicine, global public health, HIV/AIDS, health disparities, critical race theory, migration, and citizenship.