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Anthro Analyst is a blog that discusses modern issues in cultural anthropology and public health. Discussions about societal inequality, health disparities, and discrimination are a starting point for activism and change — we strive to spark such conversations.

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Understanding the complex relationship between Indigenous peoples and biotechnology

Understanding the complex relationship between Indigenous peoples and biotechnology

Soham GovandeApril 1, 20211 min read

As biotechnology advances the horizons of human potential, our species has gained the power to manipulate life to its most fundamental building blocks. With this power comes a responsibility to…

Mass Incarceration and COVID-19: The intersection of American policy failures

Mass Incarceration and COVID-19: The intersection of American policy failures

Soham GovandeMarch 17, 20211 min read

Today, American prison systems stand at the intersection of multiple public health disasters. Mass incarceration has led to millions of people living in dismal, overcrowded arrangements — conditions that left…

A Mini-Ethnography: Social determinants of public health on the Texas-Mexico border

A Mini-Ethnography: Social determinants of public health on the Texas-Mexico border

Soham GovandeFebruary 28, 20211 min read

In early January, I traveled from the suburbs of Austin to the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) as a student researcher to test an app that would expand the outreach of…

Racial disparities in COVID-19 vaccinations demonstrate a biosocial impact

Racial disparities in COVID-19 vaccinations demonstrate a biosocial impact

Soham GovandeFebruary 16, 20211 min read

Eleven months: after the first SARS-CoV-2 case in December 2019, pharmaceutical research and development produced an effective vaccine in November 2020. The speed of this timeline is unmatched in human…

How self-produced medicines have increased tribal agency and reduced health disparities in Thailand

How self-produced medicines have increased tribal agency and reduced health disparities in Thailand

Soham GovandeDecember 28, 20201 min read

Modern healthcare is fraught with inequality. The U.S. private system suffers from exorbitant treatment costs, turns a blind eye to chronic conditions, and reflects disparities by ethnicity and socioeconomic status—all…