Princeton Brazil Global Fellows

Princeton + the University of São Paulo (USP)

Alex JunnBrazil is closely watched and highly influential in the health policy arena. The Princeton Brazil Global Fellows program (PBGF) supports outstanding Princeton undergraduate and graduate students who seek to participate in international research and experiential learning opportunities between Princeton and the University of São Paulo. 

Areas of Inquiry

Interdisciplinary by nature, PBGF students research the complex factors that drive health and science policy-making internationally, and take a people-centered approach to how health, illness and care are experienced on the ground. Topics of emphasis include:

  • Health inequalities
  • Controversies over access to medicines
  • Debates over the principles and practicalities of the country’s constitutional right to health
  • Social and environmental determinants that impact chronic conditions such as mental illness, diabetes and respiratory disease

Program Experience

USPPBGF unites undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty in the study of global health, health policy and the anthropology of medicine and health. Through spirited exchange and mentorship across disciplines, generations and continents, the program brings global health to life.

Summer Research

Each student develops an original research project in an area of their interest, in collaboration with Professor João Biehl and the Princeton Brazil Global Fellows support team. Funding and a USP faculty mentor for each student will be arranged.


Fellows may have the opportunity to travel to Brazil during spring recess to meet with potential faculty mentors and to lay the foundations for their project. Expenses for this exploratory visit will also be covered by PBGF.

2014-2015 Princeton Brazil Global Fellows

Undergraduate Fellows
  • Aleka Gurel ’15 (History, Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies)
  • Rachel Parks  ’15 (Anthropology Department, Certificate in Spanish Language and Culture and GHP)
  • Shayla Reid ’15 (Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures, Certificate in Global Health and Health Policy; Latin American Studies)
  • Alexandra Junn ’15 (Woodrow Wilson School, Certificate in GHP)
Graduate Fellows

Kessie Alexandre GS –Anthropology
Kessie Alexandre is a first year Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology. She received her B.A. in Anthropology and Public Health Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Her research interests include water supply and sanitation networks, disease prevention and management, social policy and risk formulations. In the past, she has conducted fieldwork in northwestern Haiti on these issues as they are framed around the current cholera epidemic. She has also conducted projects around non-communicable diseases, disaster risk management and grassroots development, both domestically and internationally. In the upcoming summer, Kessie will examine Haitian migration to Brazil since the 2010 earthquake. She is interested in questions of displacement and mobility, South-South migration, labor, health care and social integration.

Vinicius Furuie GS – Anthropology
Vinicius Furuie is a first year Ph.D. student in Anthropology currently interested in development, social movements, indigeneity and urbanization in the Brazilian Amazon. He is planning to spend time in cities such as Altamira and Santarém this summer to interview political leaders and immigrants who are new to this area.

Alecia McGregor, Postdoctoral Research Associate – Center For Health and Wellbeing, WWS
Alecia’s research interests include the role of religion, social movements and institutions in health care politics, and some of her past work has focused on HIV/AIDS, health inequalities, health system financing and mental health policy. Her doctoral dissertation analyzed the politics of health care provision in both the United States and Brazil. Her summer research will investigate race, politics and drug treatment policies in Brazil. 

Lindsay Ofrias GS – Anthropology
Lindsay is a first-year graduate student of anthropology interested in medical anthropology, the anthropology of law and the anthropology of Latin America. She has conducted a number of ethnographic investigations in the United States and Ecuador focused on debates about toxicity, liability and human rights in relation to oil and gas contamination. This summer, she plans to follow the ongoing, momentous lawsuit between Chevron Corporation and plaintiffs representing more than 30,000 Amazonian residents as actions are taken out in Ecuador and Brazil. Through a multi-sited approach, Ms. Ofrias intends to explore how ideas about toxicity are mediated through biomedical and legal apparatuses and the extent to which lived experiences of contamination are therein reflected or transfigured.

View prior years' fellows and learn more about PBGF student and faculty research.

How to Apply

Applications are due in November for the upcoming academic year. Please email project administrator Lindsay Woodrick for more information and a program application.

Learn More

Joao BiehlProgram Director

João Biehl
Professor of Anthropology

Project Administrator & Contact
Email: Lindsay Woodrick

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