Eliza Williamson is a cultural anthropologist whose research focuses on reproduction and health care in Brazil. Her doctoral dissertation was an ethnographic study of a maternal and infant health policy that sought to “humanize” childbirth in Brazil’s universal public health system.
Her current research project centers on the lives of families raising disabled children with Congenital Zika Syndrome in the wake of the epidemic. As a postdoc at Wash U she teaches courses related to Brazilian culture, the body, and popular forms of expression.
Her article, “Care in the time of Zika: Notes on the afterlife of the epidemic in Salvador (Bahia), Brazil” (2018) appeared in the Brazilian journal Interface (Botucatu). She has also published in Medical Anthropology Quarterly. Additionally, she coordinates After Zika, a collaborative narrative project where parents of children with Congenital Zika Syndrome tell their stories (www.afterzika.org).
Eliza’s research has been funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation; the U.S. Department of State (Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays); the Association for Feminist Anthropology; the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Rice University; and the Brazilian Studies Association.