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Associated Associate Professor
Anthropology and Social Change
School of Consciousness and Transformation
PhD, MA, State University of New York, Stony Brook
MR, University of Notre Dame
Dr. Fouzieyha Towghi received her PhD in Medical Anthropology in 2007 from the joint program of Medical Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine, University of California, San Francisco and the Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, where she earned an additional graduate accreditation from the Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Program. From 2008 to 2012 she was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Swiss Network for Mobility Studies in the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Zurich and the Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies, University of Neuchatel. She was awarded a Masters in Public Health in 1993 in international and women's health from University of Hawaii, which was followed by seven years of public health advocacy, research, organizing, and development work, translating health development policies into intervention programs in rural and urban Pakistan and the United States. Her scholarship engages biomedical, international/global health policy and development practices to explore the transnational and trans-historical traffic of bio-scientific ideas, technologies, and development and human rights experts and the effects of these processes on women's bodies and lifeworlds. Her research and writings reflect and emerge from her focus on issues of social justice and social inequality at the intersections of women's health, global/public health, science, technology, postcolonial, feminist, and critical race theories, critical development and subaltern studies, as well as the politics of racial/ethnic, gender, sexual, class [marked also by rural/urban spatial and symbolic divides], regional and religious differences.
She has taught courses and mentored undergraduate and graduate students since 2001 in four UC- Berkeley departments (anthropology, sociology, gender and women's studied, and ethnic studies), in the Social and Cultural Anthropology Dept., University of Zurich, and since 2011 at the California Institute of Integral Studies. In her teaching, she draws from her experiences outside of the academy to foster a grounded understanding between theory and practice, particularly as it relates to textual and visual representations of women's lives, racialized subjects, non-western cultures and social practices, and marginalized subjects in general.