Graduate Students


Kerri Brown

Graduate Student


I received my BA in anthropology and psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. My research focuses on the increasing biomedicalization of medicinal plant knowledge, use, and cultivation in Brazil. I explore the political economic context of various regimes of knowledge, especially those adopted by national and international actors such as the World Health Organization, the Brazilian government, and pharmaceutical companies. Particularly, I'm interested in how these changing knowledges affect issues of citizenship and space/place at the local level.

Year Entered Program: 2012

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Honors and Awards:

2017 - Brocher Foundation Visiting Researcher Fellowship; Geneva, Switzerland
2016 - Ruth Landes Memorial Research Fund Grant
2015 - Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship
2014 - SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship
2014 - Society of Ethnobiology Urban Ethnobiology Graduate Research Fellowship
2013 - Maguire Public Service Fellowship


2016 - The use of medicinal plants in Rio de Janeiro's urban periphery: an analysis of communities' engagements with policies. Journal of Ethnobiology 36(4):861-880.