Contributors
Roosbelinda Cárdenas did her PhD in cultural anthropology at the University of
California, Santa Cruz. She also has an ma in Latin American studies from the
University of Texas at Austin. She is currently a postdoctoral associate at Rutgers
University’s Center for Race and Ethnicity. Her dissertation studied the articu-
lations of blackness in the moment after Colombia’s multicultural turn and the
intensification of the armed conflict, which disproportionately affected black
communities in the Pacific coastal region.
Adriana Díaz del Castillo H. holds an ma in medical anthropology from the Uni-
versity of Amsterdam and an md from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. She
has worked with public and private institutions both in Colombia and abroad.
Her research interests have to do with the interplay of health and society, using
an ethnographic approach and working on diverse topics, including the body,
chronic illness, urban infrastructures, and well-being. Recently she has worked
in the field of social studies of science and technology and has participated in
projects regarding human population genetics, forensics, and information sys-
tems, and their relation to nation-building processes in Colombia. She currently
works as a consultant and a researcher with two research groups at the Universi-
dad de los Andes in Bogotá.
Vivette García Deister did a BSc in biology at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma
de México, followed by an ma in the philosophy of science, completed in 2005.
In 2009, she finished her doctorate in philosophical and social studies of science
and technology at unam. She is also an adjunct lecturer in history and philos-
ophy of biology at unam and has spent periods as a research fellow at the Max
Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, and at the Philosophy Depart-
ment, University of California–Davis. From 2010 to 2013 she was postdoctoral
research fellow in Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester. She is
currently associate professor in s&ts at unam’s School of Sciences.
Verlan Valle Gaspar Neto has a doctorate in anthropology from the Universidade
Federal Fluminense, with a dissertation “Biological Anthropology in Brazil To-
day” (2012). He has a master’s in anthropology from the same university (2008),
and a degree in social sciences from the Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora
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