Associate Professor - Samuel Z. Stone Chair of Public Health in Latin America
Arachu Castro, Ph.D., M.P.H., is Samuel Z. Stone Chair of Public Health in Latin America at Tulane University and Senior Research Affiliate at CIPR. 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. As a medical anthropologist trained in public health, Dr. Castro works mostly on health systems responses to infectious disease and women’s health in Latin America and the Caribbean. She has worked in Mexico, Argentina, Haiti, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, Nicaragua, and Honduras. Prior to joining Tulane in 2013, she was Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Senior Advisor for Mexico and Guatemala at Partners In Health, and Medical Anthropologist in the Division of Global Health Equity in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Among other awards, Dr. Castro is the recipient of the 2005 Rudolf Virchow Award of the Society for Medical Anthropology and the 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship for her work on Women and AIDS in Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2012, she was named Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology. She has worked as consultant for PAHO, WHO, UNICEF, UNAIDS, UNDP, and the World Bank. More information here.
- M.A., University of Barcelona, History/Social Anthropology, 1998
- R.D., Polytechnic Institute, Barcelona, Nutrition, 1989
- M.A., École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Social Anthropology & Ethnology, Paris, 1992
- Ph.D., EHESS, Social Anthropology & Ethnology, 1996
- Ph.D., University of Barcelona with credits from University of California, Berkeley, Sociology, 1997
- MPH, Harvard School of Public Health, International Health, 1998
- Samuel Z. Stone Chair of Public Health in Latin America, Tulane University, 2013-
- Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine Harvard Medical School, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, 2011-2012
- Assistant Professor of Social Medicine Harvard Medical School, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, 2004-11
- Instructor in Medical Anthropology, Harvard Medical School, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, 2001-04
Research & Teaching Specializations: Infectious disease, women's health, primary health care in low-and middle-income settings, social inequality, health policy, medical anthropology, Latin America and the Caribbean.
- Consultant, World Bank, 2013-
Consultant, UNDP Regional Center for Latin America and The Caribbean
- Consultant, UNICEF, 2007- (intermittent)
- Consultant, Pan American Health Organization, 2001-2011 (intermittent)
- Medical Anthropologist, Division of Global Health Equity, Dept. Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, 2004-2012
- Secretary-Treasurer, Society for Medical Anthropology, American Anthropological Association, 2003-06
- Mexico and Guatemala Projects Director, Partners In Health, Boston, 2001-08
- Chair, Critical Anthropology of Health Caucus, Society for Medical Anthropology, 1998-2002
- Fellow, Society for Applied Anthropology, 2012
- Guggenheim Fellowship, Medicine and Health, United States and Canada Competition, 2010
- Burke Global Health Fellowship, Harvard Initiative for Global Health, 2009
- Bacardi Family Eminent Scholar Chair in Latin American Studies, University of Florida, Gainesville, 2009
- Rudolf Virchow Award, Professional Prize, Critical Anthropology of Health Caucus, Society for Medical Anthropology, American Anthropological Association, 2005
- Dean's Letter, Excellence in Teaching (Freshman seminar), Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, 2005
- Conmemorative Medal for the Centenary of Professor Pedro Kourí. Institute of Tropical Medicine Pedro Kourí. Havana, Cuba, 2001
Languages: English, Spanish, French, Catalan, Portuguese, Haitian Creole (basic)
- 2013. "Health insurance for the poor decreases access to HIV testing in antenatal care: Evidence of an unintended effect of health insurance reform in Colombia." With Allison Ettenger and Till Bärnighausen. Health Policy and Planning 1-7; doi: 10.1093/heapol/czt021
- 2012. “Quality of Life of People with HIV/AIDS Receiving Antiretroviral Therapy in Cuba: A Cross-Sectional Study of the National Population.” With Carlos Aragonés-López, Jorge Pérez-Ávila, and Mary C. Smith Fawzi. American Journal of Public Health 102(5):884-892.
- 2011. Análisis Regional Consolidado de los Informes UNGASS Presentados por 17 Países de América Latina en 2011. Panama: UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Latin America.
- 2011. "En estado de buena esperanza: Análisis de la experiencia reproductiva en mujeres con VIH en Cuba." In Jesús Armando Haro (ed.) El planteamiento de una epidemiología sociocultural: Un diálogo en torno a su sentido, métodos y alcances. Buenos Aires: Lugar Editorial and El Colegio de Sonora.
- 2010. "Social Inequalities and Dengue Transmission in Latin America." With Yasmin Khawja and James Johnston. In Plagues and Epidemics: Infected Spaces Past and Present. Eds. Ann Herring and Alan Swedlund. New York, Oxford: Berg Publishers, pp. 231-249.
- 2009. (Ed.) Challenges Posed by the HIV Epidemic in Latin America and the Caribbean 2009. Washington, DC: Pan American Health Organization, UNICEF, and UNAIDS.
- 2009. "Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV and Syphilis in Latin America and the Caribbean," in Challenges Posed by the HIV Epidemic in Latin America and the Caribbean 2009. Washington, DC: Pan American Health Organization, UNICEF, and UNAIDS.
- 2004. (Ed.) Unhealthy Health Policy: A Critical Anthropological Examination. With Merrill Singer. Walnut Creek, CA: Altamira Press.
Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: Health & Inequality in Latin America; Public Health in Cuba
Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 5
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- 2014 Tulane University Study Abroad Fair
- MARI Brown Bag: David Chatelain "Ay Cariba!: Changing Political Strategies at La Cariba, Guatemala"
- Human Sacrifice on the North Coast of Peru: Recent Discoveries Pose New Questions
- "Working on the Edge" A talk by Susana Chávez-Silverman
- Univeristy of New Orleans Presents: Empire and Solidarity in the Americas Conference
- Tempo Transfigurado: A talk by Graciela Speranza
- 2015 Maya Symposium Teacher Workshop
- 12th Annual Tulane Maya Symposium: Royal Chambers Unsealed: Tombs of the Classic Maya
- Mexican Filmmaker discusses his film Penumbra
- Latino Film Series at the 2014 Annual New Orleans Film Festival
- "Social Equity matters, & Greener Houses Can Help": A discussion with Manuel Antonio Aguilar
- "A NeoWeberian Political Sociology of the Venezuela Conflict" a talk by David Smilde
- "Oye Tu: A Reading of Fiction About Cubans" a talk by Cecilia Rodriguez Milanes
- Social and Environmental Safeguards, Policies and Practices in International Development: Discussion with Carlos Pérez-Brito
- Social Equity Matters & Greener Houses Can Help: talk with Manuel Antonio Aguilar
- Costa Rican president presents foreign policy objectives at event organized by CIAPA and KAS
- Guantánamo Public Memory Project Featured on School of Liberal Arts Website
- Celebración Latina Marks 10th Anniversary at Audubon Zoo
- David Smilde quoted in Toronto Star article on Latin American elections
- Stone Center Receives US Department of Education Grants
Social Equity Matters & Greener Houses Can Help: talk with Manuel Antonio Aguilar
In this session, Manuel Antonio Aguilar, President of CASSA will discuss the background of social housing, the current technologies available, the variables needed for a holistic approach to green design for self-sufficient houses, CASSA’s experiences in developing intelligent social housing, the lessons learned through the process in Guatemala and the potential for this type of solutions worldwide.
CASSA is a Guatemalan company focused on self-sufficient social housing that provides their users with 3 vital services: Clean Water, Clean Energy and Sanitation. It is projected that by 2030 1.6 billion people will live in inadequate housing globally. However, there are solutions for this problem. In 2014 our generation finds itself in a "perfect storm" where different variables have collided, where technologies and knowledge are finally accessible everywhere, including developing countries. Efficient lighting, water filters, renewable energies, and waste management tools can easily be manufactured, transported and installed even in the most isolated communities, ushering in the era of intelligent social housing. Sustainable design can improve the quality of life through a dignified dwelling that provides its occupants with resources and services in a clean and renewable way.
Manuel Antonio Aguilar is a social entrepreneur from Guatemala focused on the Base of the Pyramid. He graduated from Harvard University in 2006 with Master's in Astrophysics and a Bachelor with Honors in Astrophysics and Physics. In 2010, he co-founded Quetsol, a solar energy Company focused on rural electrification, where he served as Director of Technology and Board Chairman. For his work, he has received awards and recognition in local and international press and has participated in high-level forums in several countries. Previously, he worked for three years in quantitative finance and co-founded a global macro hedge fund in the United States.
This event is co-sponsored by the Payson Center for International Development, CIPR, and Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship at Tulane University.
Event flyer can be found here.
"Social Equity matters, & Greener Houses Can Help": A discussion with Manuel Antonio Aguilar
Mexican Filmmaker discusses his film Penumbra
The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans, in collaboration with the 25th Annual New Orleans Film Festival, present a conversation with Mexican film director Eduardo Villanueva. Villanueva is the director of Penumbra which will be screened at the film festival on October 19th at 3:45 PM and October 20th at 6 PM.
A rural Mexican couple-poor and decades past their prime-carry about their ritualistic, day-to-day lives, awaiting the inevitable, in this pensive film from Mexican director Eduardo Villanueva. The man, Adelelmo Jimenez, whose face tells stories that his words never do, goes on hunting trips into the woods, setting traps for wild animals and gathering medicinal plants. Meanwhile, his wife, Dolores, tends to their provincial home, washing dishes and preparing whatever meal she can make with what Adelelmo brings home, all the while mourning the death of her son, who was stabbed to death while trying to cross into the U.S.
Like the films of fellow Mexican auteur Carlos Regadas, Penumbra appreciates stillness and likes to linger-oftentimes at length-on beautiful imagery. Shot almost exclusively during the magic-hour, right before the sun settles into night (the title means “partially shadowed”), the film examines the quiet twilight of a one couple’s life and finds the beauty in that transitional period from life to death.
View a trailer here
2014 Tulane University Study Abroad Fair
The Office of Study Abroad is hosting the annual Study Abroad Fair on Wednesday, October 22nd from 2:00-5:00PM in the LBC Qatar Ballroom. The Stone Center for Latin American Studies will be promoting its Summer in Latin America programs and its semester at CIAPA (Costa Rica) programs, and the Cuban & Caribbean Studies Institute will be promoting its Summer in Cuba program.
Over 100 opportunities in more than 20 countries will be on display from Tulane and non-Tulane institutions to study, intern, volunteer, and travel. Talk to past participants, professors, administrators, and program representatives.
The Office of Study Abroad
Latino Film Series at the 2014 Annual New Orleans Film Festival
The 25th Annual New Orleans Film Festival is proud to present its Latino Film Sidebar Series at the 2014 NOFF, presented by the New Orleans Film Society.
This year two feature length films and five short films by Latino filmmakers have been selected to premiere at the New Orleans Film Festival 2014.
For the complete festival schedule, film and event info plus online tickets, please visit the New Orleans Film Festival website.
The screening schedule for these films is as follows:
Of Kites and Borders
Follows four children living in Tijuana as they help their families to make ends meet, capturing what the U.S.-Mexico border looks like from the other side. The everyday routines and encounters collected here demonstrate how the border’s very existence — the possibility of crossing, the of America — shapes the lives of those who live alongside it, whether or not they ever leave Tijuana. Director: Yolanda Pividal. View a trailer here.
Saturday, October 18: 3:15pm at Canal Place Cinema
Thursday, October 23: 12:00pm at Canal Place Cinema
Triples (Trillizos) – documentary short screens just prior to each screening of Of Kites and Borders
Lorenzo, Leonel, and Luis are gifted 16-year-old triplets who live with their family in a two-room informal house in Tijuana, Mexico. Through discipline and resolve, they find alternatives to the limited opportunities available in conditions of structural poverty. Director: Itzel Martinez del Canizo
A rural Mexican couple — poor and decades past their prime — carry about their ritualistic, day- to-day lives, awaiting the inevitable, in this pensive film. Penumbra appreciates stillness and likes to linger — oftentimes at length — on beautiful imagery. Shot almost exclusively during the magic hour, right before the sun settles into night, the film examines the quiet twilight of one couple’s life and finds the beauty in that transitional period from life to death. Director: Eduardo Villanueva. View a trailer.
Sunday, October 19: 3:45pm at Canal Place Cinema
Monday, October 20: 6:00pm at Canal Place Cinema
Tuesday, October 21: 6:30pm at New Orleans Mexican Consulate (901 Convention Center Blvd. Suite #119 — 504.528.3722) — Special reception and talk with the Director of the film and the Mexican Consulate (Free and open to the public)
Mirza the Miraculous
This lo-fi, sci-fi tale of outer space, mystics and carnivals centers around a fraudulent shaman known as The Great Bazandini and his daughter, Mirza, who really does have special powers. Originally shot in 1999 along the Mexican border, this is a film 15 years in the making. Featuring Paul Soileau (Christeene) and an original score and sound effects by New Orleans’ own Quintron. Director: Brent Joseph
Sunday, October 19: 9:00pm at Prytania Theater (uptown)
A servant obsesses over the daughter of his recently deceased boss. Turns out the dead boss’ relationship with his daughter had an obsessive side as well. Director: David Figueroa Garcia
Saturday, October 18: 1:30pm at Canal Place Cinema
Tuesday, October 21: 2:00pm at Canal Place Cinema (FREE)
The Great Adventure (La Gran Aventura)
A thesis film from Cuban documentary film students, this short profiles the loneliness of a radio soap script writer. As her life is projected onto the character she is creating and sharing with a listener, she connects two different worlds which seek, through fiction, to make sense of the daily adventure of life. Director: Cassandra Oliveira
Sunday, October 19: 4:00pm at Canal Place Cinema
Thursday, October 23: 3:30pm at Canal Place Cinema (FREE)
A portrait of the last Puerto Rican social club in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NYC. The 30-year- old Caribbean sports club has witnessed the transformation of South Williamsburg from a Hispanic neighborhood ravaged by gang violence and drugs into one of the hippest and most luxurious places in New York City. Director: Beyza Boyacioglu, Sebastian Diaz
Sunday, October 19: 4:00pm at Canal Place Cinema
Thursday, October 21: 3:30pm at Canal Place Cinema (FREE)
Tickets for all screenings may be purchased online and/or at any of each film’s theater box office, as well as in person at the NOFF HQ Box Office inside the main lobby/atrium of the Contemporary Arts Center located at 900 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130.
Connecting Day of the Dead Traditions Across the Americas: Haiti
Learn about Day of the Dead traditions in Haiti in this teacher workshop. The teacher workshop will be followed by an optional class on Traditional Haitian Folkloric Dance. Monique Moss, adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Theater and Dance at Tulane University, will lead a teacher workshop about Day of the Dead traditions in Haiti. Day of the Dead traditions in Haiti have their roots in Haitian Vodoo and hence show both similarities and differences to Day of the Dead traditions in other areas of Latin America. The workshop will focus on the performance of Day of the Dead as well as connect the tradition through to New Orleans.
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Traditional Haitian Folkloric Dance Master Class
Taught by Menahem Laurent
For a more detailed schedule, please visit the workshop website.
Registration Fee is $10 and includes lunch, teaching materials, and admission to afternoon Haitian dance class.