Veronica Sousa

Veronica Sousa is a first year PhD student in the Anthropology department at Princeton University. She received her MA in the Anthropology department at The New School for Social Research, and her BA in Anthropology from UC Berkeley. Veronica’s current work concerns post-menopausal women in both the Azores Islands and mainland Portugal, and how the economic crisis and unstable state of Portugal have affected their access to healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and social services, such as services for domestic violence survivors, for which elderly women make up the largest demographic. She is interested in how the bodies of elderly women are de-gendered by medicine and by the state, and how compounded forms of marginalization - of violence, poverty, and poor healthcare - are worsened because of this gendering/degendering tension, while also being rendered visible. She is concerned with how gender, aging, and health are reconfigured in political, legal, and medical realms. She is also interested in sexuality, race, migrants, intimacy and affect, and medico-legal histories in this context, as well as kinship and secrecy.