Dr Lys Alcayna-Stevens

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Associate Professor in Medical Anthropology

Fellow of St Catherine's College


Lys Alcayna-Stevens is a medical anthropologist whose research is situated at the intersection of medical anthropology, political ecology, multispecies ethnography, and science and technology studies (STS), with commitments to feminist theory and postcolonial studies. 

She completed her PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. Before coming to Oxford, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institut Pasteur and the Laboratoire d'Anthropologie Sociale (Collège de France) in Paris, and a Marie-Skłodowska Curie Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at KU Leuven, Belgium. She has also been a lecturer at the New School for Social Research in New York, and a Research Fellow in the Anthropology Department of Harvard University, working on projects in collaboration with interdisciplinary teams of researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research in Johannesburg.


Teaching and Research Interests
Lys' research and teaching engages issues of resource extraction, environmental conservation and sustainable development, health and disease, economic inequality, and histories of racial capitalism in colonial and postcolonial Africa. Her current work focuses on local political economies of epidemic disease, environmentalism and medical humanitarianism in the Global South, with a focus on central Africa, and extensive ethnographic research in rural Democratic Republic of the Congo.



Email: lys.alcayna-stevens@anthro.ox.ac.uk
Website: www.lys-alcayna-stevens.com

Twitter: @LysAlcayna


Lys is available for supervision


Current DPhil students