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About Alfred Montoya

Alfred Montoya is an assistant professor of Anthropology in the Sociology & Anthropology department. His work concerns, broadly, the intersection of science, technology and society in the governance of epidemics in Southeast Asia. His dissertation focused on the history (and problematization) of HIV/AIDS in Vietnam within the context of competing regimes of politics, ethics and technology. Based on archival work and two years of fieldwork in Southeast Asia, this work tracked the emergence of HIV/AIDS in Vietnam, its casting by the state as a "social evil," and its subsequent painstaking reproblematization under the US President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief.
More recently, Dr. Montoya has taken up a related range of medical anthropological interests including work on the link between economic shifts within Asia and the illicit trade in wildlife; the intersection of human health and environmental sustainability; drugs and the drug trade in Southeast Asia; and the compounding effects of urban poverty on access to education, health services and proper nutrition. A native of San Antonio, Dr. Montoya is especially interested in forming partnerships with local agencies and the San Antonio community, developing opportunities for students to engage in community-based research projects through his fieldwork course.


Present Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, Trinity University Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Research Interests

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Honors and Awards

  • Gretchen C. Northrup Faculty Fellowship, Summers 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Travel and Research Grants, Asian Biopoleis Project. Science, Technology and Society Research Cluster, National University of Singapore. 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Post Doctoral Fellowship. Science, Technology and Society Research Cluster. Asia Research Institute. National University of Singapore. Singapore. 2010-2011
  • UC Berkeley Graduate Division Conference Travel Grant, Fall 2009
  • UC Berkeley Normative Time Fellowship, Fall 2008, Spring 2009
  • UC Berkeley Center for Southeast Asia Studies Research Grants, Spring-Fall 2006, Spring-Fall 2007
  • Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship, Fall 2005-Spring 2008
  • UC Berkeley Department of Anthropology Lowie-Olson Grant Award, Fall 2005
  • Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, UC Berkeley, Fall 2004-2010
  • National Dean’s List, 2002 - 2003


  • Introduction to Anthropology
  • Introduction to Medical Anthropology
  • International Issues in Health and the Environment