Dalton Price

dalton price


DPhil Student

Brasenose College

Dalton Price is a sociocultural anthropologist at the University of Oxford, where his research focuses on Venezuelan migration and the “social life of socialism” in the Colombian border state of La Guajira. He is not interested in socialism as ideology deployed in electoral spaces, which has been well documented in Latin American politics after the fall of “socialist” Venezuela. Instead, he examines socialism’s discursive use as something carried on the bodies of Venezuelans and that explains their experience of integration into “capitalist” Colombia. While socialism is often framed as a fixed political doctrine, his research begins with socialism as a global formation that is still being configured. Taking the case of Venezuelans as “socialist subjects” living in La Guajira, Dalton examines migrant experiences both on their own right and as a window into the new social worlds birthed by socialism’s unwieldy trajectory.

His previous research projects were ethnographies of global health bureaucracies, namely the World Health Organization, Partners in Health, and the Florida Department of Health. The topics of these projects included technical programs addressing antimicrobial resistance, how purportedly apolitical institutions find ways to engage in politics, the politics of quantitative data, and contact tracing, among others. Dalton is currently writing this research up for publication.

Outside of academia, Dalton works in humanitarian, development, human rights, and governmental spaces. He currently advises projects at HealthTrends.AI, Panas Sin Límites, and Generation Next-Voice of Youth. Before this, he worked with the German Development Institute, the World Economic Forum, the Florida Department of Health, the World Health Organization, Aetna-CVS Health, the Microbiome Coalition, the diaTribe Foundation, and other groups across four continents.

For this work, Dalton was awarded the Future Global Leaders Fellowship, Jack Kent Cooke International Award, Gateway Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Fellowship, John F. Kennedy Memorial Award, Forbes Under 30 Award, Brasenose Senior Hulme Fellowship, and over $350,000 in research grants. He has published pieces with Medicine Anthropology Theory, Fieldsights, HuffPost, Common Dreams, Global Health NOW, Daytona Beach News-Journal, and Cornell Daily Sun and contributed to pieces in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The New Humanitarian, and ABC Action News.

Research interests: socialism and capitalism, migration, Latin America, global health, international development, political anthropology 

Email: dalton.price@anthro.ox.ac.uk

Personal website: www.daltonanthro.com
Twitter: @daltonprice386
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/daltonprice386 

Latest publication: Price, Dalton. 2021. “Diagnostic Citizenship and the Biopolitical Uptake of COVID-19 Detection.” Medicine Anthropology Theory 8(2), 1-8. https://doi.org/10.17157/mat.8.2.5129.