Alexandra Middleton is a forth-year student working at the interface of medical anthropology, neuroscience, disability studies, embodiment, feminist studies of science, and technology, anthropology of the body, sensory ethnography, and experimentality. She is currently conducting fieldwork in Gothenburg, Sweden, examining these themes as they relate to the development of brain-machine-interface prosthetic devices with sensory feedback and the use of virtual reality-guided motor execution in treating phantom limb pain (PLP). Alexandra is interested in questions of subjectivity, patienthood, care, pain and sensation, iterativity, the moral economy of hope in experimental science, and how spaces outside of the lab and clinic (i.e. the home) become sites of science-in-the-making.
Alexandra holds a BA in cultural anthropology with a minor in neuroscience from Duke University, where she followed pre-medical training. She has also conducted research in Togo and Brazil. Alexandra is also a documentary photographer and plans to incorporate visual methodology (photography and ethnographic film) into her dissertation work.