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About Seth M. Holmes PhD, MD

Research Description
Dr. Holmes is a cultural and medical anthropologist and physician whose work focuses broadly on social hierarchies, health disparities, and the ways in which perceptions of social difference naturalize and normalize these inequalities.
Current Projects
Dr. Holmes is currently investigating social hierarchies and health disparities in the context of US-Mexico migration and the ways in which these inequalities become understood to be natural and normal. This project draws on approximately eighteen months of full-time participant-observation, during which time Dr. Holmes migrated with undocumented indigenous Mexicans in the United States and Mexico, picked berries and live in a labor camp in Washington State, pruned vineyards in central California, harvested corn in the mountains of Oaxaca, accompanied migrant laborers on clinic visits, and trekked across the border desert into Arizona. An article from this work has been awarded the Rudolf Virchow Award from the Society for Medical Anthropology. Concurrently, he is conducting research into the processes through which medical trainees learn to perceive and respond to social difference. In addition, Dr. Holmes is exploring new interdisciplinary research into the social, cultural, and political processes producing high HIV death rates among specific groups of people, notably Latino day laborers and other ethnoracial minorities, homeless people, and sexual minorities. This new project addresses the ways in which political economic structures and social categories affect individual behavior and vulnerability.

Positions

Present Joint Medical Anthropology PhD Program, University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco
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Present Joint Medical MD/MS Program, University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco
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Present Affiliated Faculty, University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco
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Present Graduate Program in Medical Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley
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Present School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley
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Present Program in Health and Social Behavior, University of California, Berkeley
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Present Martin Sisters Endowed Chair Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley
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Curriculum Vitae



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Contact Information

519 University Hall, MC 7360
Berkeley, CA 94720-7360
Tel: (510) 643-7256 Fax: (510) 643-6426
http://sph.berkeley.edu/faculty/holmes.php

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Books and Edited Volumes (3)

Peer Reviewed Articles (8)