Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Arachu Castro

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.

Contact Info
acastro1@tulane.edu

Degrees

  • 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

Academic Experience

  • 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.

Related Experience

  • 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

Distinctions

  • 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)

Selected Publications

  • 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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Upcoming Events

Screening of The Path of Stone Soup

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Movie night at Vaughan’s
Tuesday, September 16 at 7:00 Pm. 4229 Daughine. $10 admission.

Noon-Time Talk on Behind Closed Doors, Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492-1898 with Lucia Abramovic

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Join Lucia Abramovich, NOMA’s curatorial fellow for Spanish colonial art for a Noontime Talk on the exhibition Behind Closed Doors, Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492-1898.

Noontime Talks are brief, informative discussions on exhibitions and installations in NOMA’s galleries. Wednesdays are free admission days for Louisiana residents. Please visit the NOMA website for more information.

Guantánamo Post-9/11: Human Rights & Constitutional Law in Modern America

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Guantánamo Post-9/11: Human Rights & Constitutional Law in Modern America

Guest speakers:
Jess Bravin: Wall Street Journal, author of Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantánamo Bay
Denny Leboeuf: ACLU, Tulane JD
Chaplain James Yee: Former U.S. Army Chaplain, author of For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire

The Guantánamo Public Memory Project is a traveling exhibit that examines the history of the U.S. naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, from multiple perspectives and raises questions about U.S.-Cuban relations, civil liberties, national security, and public memory in the past, present, and future. The guest speakers will be giving a talk on the titled event. All are welcome to attend.

For more information about the Guantánamo Public Memory Project, visit http://gitmomemory.org.

Alexey Martí & Urban Minds Latin Jazz Concert

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The CubaNOLA Arts Collective Presents- Alexey Martí & Urban Minds as a part of this month’s Latin Jazz concert series.

Alexey Martí is a powerful percussionist from Havana, Cuba. He is at the forefront of the new Latin music scene in New Orleans, tirelessly exploring new musical terrain and incorporating it back into his own rich musical roots. Alexey founded his group, Urban Minds, a little over a year ago, to explore all of the music that he loves including jazz, funk, Afro-Cuban folklore, salsa, son, rumba, and New Orleans rhythms.

Alexey began performing in Afro-Cuban religious ceremonies at the age of 7. At the age of 16 he joined the world renowned Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble "Diákara", under the leadership of the legendary singer and drummer Oscar Valdés. In Havana, he performed with many great Cuban jazz and Afro-Cuban ensembles. He moved to New Orleans 5 years ago and has adopted New Orleans as his new homeland. Since moving here, Alexey has been studying in the UNO Jazz Studies program and has performed with many New Orleans greats including Los Hombres Calientes, Davell Crawford, Shannon Powell, David Torkanowsky, and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Prime Example Jazz Club, on the corner of N. Broad Street and St. Bernard Avenue, has been under the proprietorship of Julius Kimbrough Sr. since 2000. In 2007, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Mr. Kimbrough decided that live jazz music needed to be presented for Seventh Ward neighborhood residents working hard to rebuild their lives, the neighborhood and the community. In 2011 Mr. Kimbrough partnered with DJ Soul Sister and WWOZ 90.7 FM to start the Thursday Nights Swingin' weekly jazz series. He is now expanding the scope of Thursday Nights Swingin', in partnership with The CubaNOLA Arts Collective, to include Latin jazz on the third Thursday of every month. This new monthly Lazz jazz series is a tribute to historical and present day contributions of Latino musicians and residents to every day life and art in New Orleans, including the birth and evolution of jazz music itself.

Alexey Martí & Urban Minds will surprise you with their seamless blends of New Orleans and Afro-Cuban music. Let Alexey make you feel at home at the Prime Example on Thursday, September 18 while he and the band move you and groove you in new, exciting and familiar ways.

Tres Vidas: The Core Ensemble

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Tres Vidas: A chamber music theatre work for singing actress and trio (cello, piano and percussion) based on the lives of three legendary Latin American Women: Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, Salvadoran peasant activist Rufina Amaya and Argentinean poet Alfonsina Storni. The show features a wide stylistic range of music, including popular and folk songs of Mexico, El Salvador and Argentina, vocal and instrumental tangos by Carlos Gardel and Astor Piazzolla and new music written for the Core Ensemble by Osvaldo Golijov, Orlando Garcia, Pablo Ortiz and Manuel DeMurga. Featuring Cristina Isabel Lucas as Frida Khalo, Rufina Amaya and Alfonsina Sorni.

Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 7 p.m. Administration Auditorium Xavier University of Louisiana Free and open to the public Call (504) 520-5115 or email esrousse@xula.edu for more info

Footprints in Time. 5 Generations of Mexican Artists at the Parota

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The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans is pleased to invite you to the Art Exhibition of Mexican Masters entitled “Footprints in Time. 5 Generations of Mexican Artists at the Parota.” The exhibit will feature works by Mexican artists Jose Luis Cuevas, Leonora Carrington, Alberto Castro Leñero, Manuel Felguerez, Gilberto Aceves Navarro, Francisco Toledo, and Roger Von Gunten among other.

The exhibit will run from August 29th to September 26th at the Art Gallery of the Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans. An opening reception will be held on August 29th at 6 pm.

Information on La Parota:

The Fine Art Center “La Parota” was created in 1996, by the combined efforts of the Government of the State of Colima's Ministry of Culture and the National Council for Culture and the Arts. “The Parota” celebrates a long continuing artistic history, full of achievements and great national and international recognition. The participation of the most important Mexican Masters teaching production of printmaking workshops and Fine Arts have been carried out at this Centre with great success since its beginning.

“The Parota” has been an Institution for established masters and young talented artists. The exchange of knowledge, ideas and experiences given in the workshops have driven new etching techniques, while developing a new generation of Fine Art Printmakers.

With the passing of the years, the Fine Art Center of Colima “La Parota” has generated a wealth of artistic production with the most important artists of Mexico, while simultaneously producing some of the nation's most outstanding young artists.