Verónica Maria Pascoal Sousa is an Azorean Portuguese-American PhD candidate in Medical Anthropology at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon. She has studied medical anthropology and literature at UC Berkeley, anthropology and gender and sexuality studies at The New School for Social Research, and anthropology and medical humanities at Princeton University prior to her doctoral program in Lisbon, Portugal. Her current doctoral research project, funded by the Science and Technology Foundation (FCT), concerns the negotiations between care and harm with a focus on the politics of touch in elder care during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lisbon. She is interested in the ways that technologies of care and social inequalities, particularly those related to gender, sexuality, race, disability/illness, and class, are entangled within the practice and experience of elder care in the post-colonial Portuguese context.
Verónica is also currently training in documentary filmmaking and working on non-fiction and fiction creative writing projects. She is a graduate student editorial intern for the American Ethnologist/American Ethnological Association’s online platform; a research assistant for the Aga Khan project entitled DiverITy, focusing on improving immigrants’ access to healthcare in Lisbon; and is a contributing writer for The Human Perspective (based in the UK), a journalistic blog platform focusing on international social and political issues.
Area(s) of Training
anthropology, applied anthropology, cultural anthropology, ethnography, medical anthropology, medical sociology, medicine, psychology, public health
Area(s) of Expertise
Medical Anthropology, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Medical Humanities, History of Science and Medicine, (Feminist) Science and Technology Studies, Disability Studies, Critical Gerontology, Bioethics, Public Health, Medical Sociology, Anthropology of Southern Europe, Postcolonial Studies, Ethnographic/Documentary Film, Visual Anthropology.
Most Recent Degree
Current Area of Employment
PhD Candidate, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon