Ruth Goldstein


3151 Social Science Plaza
Irvine, CA
United States


Assistant professor of Global and International Studies


I am a medical anthropologist interested in human and nonhuman health, a quickly heating planet and environmental racism. My book project Traffic, examines the socio-environmental consequences of transnational infrastructure projects and climate change along Latin America’s recently constructed Interoceanic Road, with a particular focus on intersections of race, women’s health and human rights in Brazil, Peru, and Bolivia. My subsequent research on quicksilver’s global mobility, analyzes toxic body burdens and environmental racisms. I focus on how mercury carries a racialized valence, defining migrant labor populations, often indigenous, as socially, mentally, and physically contaminated in Amazonian rainforests, California crop-fields, and Arctic waters.