Elizabeth FS Roberts
Elizabeth F.S. Roberts is a professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan, who investigates scientific and public health knowledge production and its embodied effects in Latin America and the United States. She currently collaborates with engineers and environmental health scientists in the United States and Mexico as part of two ongoing team-based projects in Mexico City that she directs: “Mexican Exposures: A Bioethnographic Approach to Health and Inequality” and “Neighborhood Environments as Socio-Techno-bio Systems: Water Quality, Public Trust, and Health in Mexico City” (NESTSMX). In these projects, she and her team trace the looping social, economic, biological, and technical processes that shape everyday life, health, and inequality in working class neighborhoods. One of the key aims of Professor Roberts’ current work is the development of bioethnography, a method that combines social and life sciences approaches in order to make better knowledge about health and inequality. Dr. Roberts is also the director of the Mexico’s Ethnographic Coding Lab where she trains undergraduates in qualitative coding methods using materials from her two multi-disciplinary collaborative projects in Mexico City. Dr. Roberts’ earlier research focused on assisted reproduction in the United States and Ecuador, reproductive governance in Latin America, and transnational medical migrations. She is the author of the book God’s Laboratory: Assisted Reproduction in the Andes (U.C. California Press 2012) and is currently finishing a book manuscript on addiction called Vital Dependencies: A Bioethnography of Addiction in Mexico City.
- Roberts, Elizabeth FS. 2017. Practicing population in Latin America. Perspectives on Science 25(5):704-711.
- Roberts, Elizabeth FS. 2017. What gets inside: Violent entanglements and toxic boundaries in Mexico City. Cultural Anthropology 32(4):592-619.
- Roberts, Elizabeth FS, Sanz, C . 2017. Bioethnography: A how-to guide for the twenty-first century. The Palgrave Handbook of Biology and Society :749-775.
- Roberts, Elizabeth FS, Whitmarsh, Ian . 2016. Nonsecular Medical Anthropology. Medical Anthropology 35(3):203-208.
- Roberts, Elizabeth FS. 2016. Gods, Germs, and Petri Dishes: Toward a Nonsecular Medical Anthropology. Medical Anthropology 35(3):209-219.
- Roberts, Elizabeth FS. 2016. Resources and race: assisted reproduction in Ecuador. Reproductive Biomedicine & Society Online 2:47-53.
- Roberts, Elizabeth FS. 2015. Food is love: And so, what then?. Biosocieties 10(2):247-252.
- Roberts, Elizabeth FS. 2013. Assisted existence: an ethnography of being in Ecuador. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 19(3):562-580.
- Roberts, Elizabeth FS, Morgan, Lynn M. 2012. Reproductive governance in Latin America. Anthropology & Medicine 19(2):241-254.
- Roberts, Elizabeth FS. 2012. God's Laboratory: Assisted Reproduction in the Andes.