Emily Wentzell

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University of Iowa
Emily's research interests include medical anthropology, gender studies, anthropology of science and technology, aging, chronic illness, sexual health, sexuality, masculinity, and Mexico.

Her research combines approaches from medical anthropology, gender studies, and science and technology studies to explore the gendered social consequences of aging, illness, sexual health problems, and related medical treatments. Broadly, she is interested in the relationships between gender (especially masculinities), new medical technologies/areas of medicalization, and people’s sex lives and senses of self. Her research focuses on Mexico, where gender norms and links between ethnicity, biology, and sexuality are widely discussed and hotly contested, although she occasionally researches issues of sexuality and medicine in the U.S.