Thurka Sangaramoorthy, PhD, MPH

Headshot of a womanThurka Sangaramoorthy, PhD, MPD is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at University of Maryland, College Park.

Thurka Sangaramoorthy, PhD, MPH, is a cultural and medical anthropologist and public health researcher with 22 years of expertise in conducting community-engaged ethnographic research, including rapid assessments, among vulnerable populations in the United States, Africa, and Latin America/Caribbean. Her work is broadly concerned with how everyday experiences of individuals and communities intersect with institutional policies and practices. She has worked at this intersection on diverse topics, including global health and migration, HIV/STD, health system inequities, environmental disparities, and critical studies of racialization.

She is the author of two books: Rapid Ethnographic Assessments: A Practical Approach and Toolkit for Collaborative Community Research (Routledge, 2020) and Treating AIDS: Politics of Difference, Paradox of Prevention (Rutgers, 2014). She also routinely writes on issues of racial and health inequities for public audiences. These include recent commentaries in Newsweek, Inside Higher Ed, Savage Minds, The Conversation, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Sapiens.