Rosanna Dent

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Doctoral Candidate
Entered 2010
M.A. History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania
A.B. Biology, Brown University
Contact Information
Office Address: 
369 Cohen Hall
Email Address: 
rdent@sas.upenn.edu
Research Interests: 

My academic interests focus on the history of Brazilian human genetics and anthropology. Inquiring into research on indigenous populations since the late 1950s, my dissertation tracks diverse forms of researcher-researcher and subject-researcher interactions. From the highly interdisciplinary agendas of the mid-century, I trace the evolving engagement of social and natural scientists with indigenous people. I examine the many facets of humanness that researchers have attempted to understand through indigenous subjects or interlocutors. In turn, I ask how indigenous actors have engaged with their academic visitors to their own political and social ends. 

After four years teaching and working in Quito, Ecuador, I joined HSSC in 2010. My broader interests include indigenous studies, race and gender theory, and all things Brazilian. I completed exams in the fields of Modern Latin America, Anthropology of Biomedicine, and History of the Life Sciences and Medicine. My preferred writing soundtrack is samba. 

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Os meus interesses acadêmicos concentram-se na história da genética humana e da antropologia no Brasil. Investigando a pesquisa com povos indígenas desde o final da década de 1950, minha tese aborda as diversas formas de interação entre pesquisadores bem como entre pesquisadores e sujeitos das pesquisas. Partindo dos agendas altamente interdisciplinares da metade do século, delineio as mudanças no engajamento de cientistas naturais e sociais com populações indígenas. Examino as dimensões múltiplas da natureza humana que os pesquisadores tentavam conhecer através dos sujeitos ou interlocutores indígenas. Por outro lado, pergunto como os indígenas engajavam-se com seus visitantes acadêmicos tendo em vista os seus próprios interesses políticos e sociais.

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