Sarah Brown ’23, Named Winner of the 2023 Rudolf Virchow Award by the Society for Medical Anthropology

Oct. 19, 2023

The Department of Anthropology celebrates Sarah Brown ‘23 , who was awarded the 2023 Rudolf Virchow Undergraduate Award Category by the Society for Medical Anthropology for her essay 'A World Opens to You’ : In and Out of the Clinical Gaze in Tijuana Migrant Healthcare. The essay is a excerpt from her award-winning senior thesis, advised by Anthropology’s Chair, João Biehl.  The seven members of the prize committee found Brown’s, “use of language, ethnography, and theory to be impressive and thoughtful, unveiling both the structural inequities shaping clinical interactions at the margins as well as the intimacies that make them so important. . . this writing illustrates the values of the ... Virchow Award because it amplifies how, when thinking about the transformational experiences of migration, “the disparate way of seeing the world in turn likely requires experiential translation when providing healthcare.””

Sarah Brown is also the recipient of several senior thesis prizes from Anthropology, the University Center for Human Values (UCHV), and the Stanley J. Stein Prize (PLAS). She has also been awarded a ReachOut 56-81-06 Domestic Fellowship for 2023-2024, and Princeton’s Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence.