Yesmar Oyarzun

Yesmar is a third year PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at Rice University. For her dissertation project, she is studying how dermatologists deal with differences in skin color in their learning and practices. Her research follows dermatology residents as they learn how to do their work in a diverse US city. She takes special interest in understanding how categories to describe and classify skin based on color are made and applied in dermatology, specifically in the broader context of an already racialized society like the US.

More generally, Yesmar is interested in social difference and the historical and contemporary relationships between race, science, and biomedicine. Besides anthropology, her work generally fits into the fields of Science and Technology Studies (STS) and medical humanities. She engages heavily with critical race, Black feminist, postcolonial, and feminist theories and scholarship.

Before coming to Rice, Yesmar earned a Master of Public Health from The George Washington University (‘18) with a focus on global health. In 2015, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.