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About Thurka Sangaramoorthy

Thurka Sangaramoorthy is a medical anthropologist whose work focuses on HIV/AIDS, immigrant health, and risk environments. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Francisco and University of California, Berkeley and is currently assistant professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is the author of Treating AIDS: Politics of Difference, Paradox of Prevention. She is currently working on projects that focus on race, health, and inequality, examining intersectional stigmas among black women with HIV/AIDS and immigrant health and environmental degradation in rural environments.


Present Assistant Professor, University of Maryland at College Park

Curriculum Vitae


Research Interests

Cultural Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Public Health, Global Health, Immigration, HIV, Risk Environments, Health Policy, and Critical Race Theory

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2017 - Present Policy Seat, Members Programmatic Advisory and Advocacy Committee, American Anthropological Association
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Honors and Awards

  • 2017 Winner, Clark Taylor Professional Paper Prize, Society for Medical Anthropology’s AIDS and Anthropology Research Group
  • 2017 Honorable Mention, Praxis Award: Recognizing Excellence in Practitioner Anthropology, Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists
  • 2015 Podcast Project Selection, Society for Applied Anthropology. “Health-related Deservingness and Illegality on Maryland’s Eastern Shore,” Paper presented at the Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meetings. Pittsburgh, PA, March 24-28, 2015.
  • 2013 Summer Scholar, Health Equity Leadership Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Maryland Center for Health Equity in the School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park
  • 2012-13 Junior Scholar, Global HIV/AIDS Mentoring & Training Network, Pediatric Prevention Research Center, Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • 2012 Service Award, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Health Equity, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention
  • 2010-12 Social Determinants of Health and Health Equity Research Fellowship, US Department of Energy (DOE), Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, Amount: $120,000
  • 2010 Excellence in Abstract Submission among All Presenters Award, American Public Health Association, HIV/AIDS Section
  • 2009-10 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Prevention Fellowship, Association for Prevention Research and Teaching, Amount: $50,000
  • 2016 Podcast Project Selection, Society for Applied Anthropology. “The Place That Time Forgot: Gender, Labor, and Immigration on the Eastern Shore,” Paper presented at the Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meetings. Vancouver, BC, Canada,


  • Qualitative Methods in Applied Anthropology
  • Advanced Studies in Global Health
  • Method and Theory in Medical Anthropology & Global Health
  • Anthropology of Global Health
  • Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology


2002 - 2008 PhD, University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco
2000 - 2002 MPH, Columbia University - Mailman School of Public Health ‐ Sociomedical Sciences Research
1994 - 1998 BA, Barnard College ‐ Anthropology

HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STIs) (13)

Immigrant Health (6)

Environmental Health (4)