Yesmar Oyarzun

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Rice University in Houston, Texas. I conduct research on social difference and the relationships between race, science, and biomedicine, incorporating a mix of ethnographic and humanistic methodologies. My current NSF-funded project investigates the nature and history of dermatology’s so-called “problem with skin color.” With the support of the Baylor Institute for Oral History, I am also conducting an oral history project documenting the development of ethnic skin and skin of color dermatology.

Research Areas

Biomedicine, Race/Racism, Human Difference, United States


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