PhD candidate, Rice University
Affiliated researcher, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Editor, Platypus: The CASTAC Blog
- Digital Anthropology
- Latin America
- Media Anthropology
- Queer Studies
- Science & Technology Studies
- Social Movements
- Web Technologies
Baird Campbell is a PhD candidate in anthropology at Rice University. He holds an MA in Latin American Studies from Tulane University. His research explores the intersections of social media, self-making, and trans activism in contemporary Chile. His dissertation research was supported by the Social Sciences Research Council, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and the National Science Foundation.
Contributions to Platypus: The CASTAC Blog
In support of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, please enjoy some of our favorite posts engaging with understandings of disability! (more…)
Today, in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15), we bring you a compilation of some of our favorite past posts from the Spanish-speaking world. Happy reading!
(Nota: Esta publicación está disponible en español aquí.)
In early June 2019, news began to break concerning the death of a Salvadoran transgender woman, Johana Medina León, of pneumonia, four days after being released from nearly six weeks in ICE custody. Before long, my Facebook feed was filled with stories detailing the persecution Johana faced in El Salvador because of her gender identity; her dangerous journey to the United States to seek asylum; and her final moments as she struggled to save her own life, as it became clear no one else would. She might have saved her own life, if she’d been given the resources. In El Salvador, Johana was a nurse. Johana’s death is tragic for many reasons, not the least of which is that had it not been for social media, it likely would have gone unnoticed. (more…)