Chuan Hao (Alex) Chen is a dual degree MD/PhD Candidate in Anthropology at the School of Arts and Sciences and the Perelman School of Medicine. His doctoral dissertation, “Building Biocontainment, Regulating Race: Scientific Infrastructures for American Safety against Emerging Diseases,” examines how transnational racial geographies intersect with the fortification of biosecurity in the United States. His research interests span studies of race, medicine, science, and design, probing how histories of racialization reverberate through the infrastructures and techniques of human health.
Alex received his B. Arch from Cornell with a minor in biology and holds a Masters in Design Studies from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His writings have appeared in Medicine Anthropology Theory, American Anthropologist Public Anthropologies, and LA+ The Interdisciplinary Journal of Landscape Architecture. His work has been supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Graham Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities, among others.