Tim Quinn

I am a PhD Candidate in the anthropology department at Rice University. My dissertation research focuses on the social lives of HIV prophylactic drugs (Teno-Em PrEP) in and around Bangkok. With this project, I am interested in the ways in which the governance of substances intersects with the governance of subjectivity, as well as the ways in which different kinds of subjects are experimenting with substances across different contexts of relation, intimacy, and care. Following Thai Teno-Em PrEP as it circulates both within and beyond the formal state health infrastructure that have emerged to proffer, facilitate, and govern its use, the dissertation research studies the ways in which differently positioned subjects encounter and make use of these chemical commodities, and how they repurpose them in order to craft and practice their own forms of subjectivity, relation, intimacy, and care.

Prior to my PhD work at Rice, I spent four years living and working in Thailand and Taiwan, where I worked as an activist, researcher, and translator for several NGOs doing work within the fields of sexual health and sexual rights. I completed an MA in Anthropology at National Taiwan University in Taipei, where I conducted research on sexual politics in Taiwan and tongzhi activist engagements with debates on sovereignty, as well as national discourses of diversity/cosmopolitanism. I hold a dual BA from The George Washington University in International Development and Anthropology, with a minor in Chinese Language and Literature.

At Rice, I am affiliated with the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, where I have completed a graduate certificate and taught coursework in LGBT Studies. I am also affiliated with the Ethnography Studio, where I have served as a student co-coordinator.


“(Re)Assembling Asias through Science: Series Introduction.” Co-authored with Jo Ann Wang. Platypus: The CASTAC Blog. https://blog.castac.org/2021/03/reassembling-asias-through-science/

“PrEP in Thailand in a time of COVID-19.” Platypus: The CASTAC Blog. http://blog.castac.org/2020/06/prep-in-thailand-in-the-time-of-covid-19/

視覺與流動性:逃避監控的香港 “Optics and Fluidity: Evading Surveillance in Hong Kong.” Co-authored with Jessica Bray in Platypus: The CASTAC Blog. http://blog.castac.org/2019/10/optics-and-fluidity-evading-surveillance-in-hong-kong/

Research Areas

Pharmaceuticals; Medical Anthropology; Critical Global Health; Gender and Sexuality; HIV/AIDS; Science and Technology Studies; Queer Theory; Activism; NGOs; Asian regionalism(s); Thailand; Taiwan


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