Jennifer Trowbridge

Research Interests: Colombia, Guatemala, the Andes, violence, human rights, forensic science, medical anthropology, Science and Technology Studies (STS), memory, history, politics and US-Latin American relations, migration, LGBTQ studies.
Background: Jennifer Trowbridge (she/they) is a sociocultural and biological anthropologist whose writing and research centers on the intersections between political violence, justice and human rights, and medical anthropology. Her ethnographic research in Colombia focuses on sociopolitical dynamics of forensic scientific investigations to identify and return the bodies of people killed in human rights violations. Her approach emphasizes relationships between the living and the dead, especially with regards to the dead body within forensic scientific practices and funerary rituals. Jennifer’s ethnographic fieldwork in Colombia was inspired by her years of experience as a lab-based forensic anthropologist in Guatemala, and her time working at a human rights’ advocacy organization in Washington, DC on issues of US policy in Latin America. She also studied in Cuba.
Courses taught at Rutgers: Latin America: An Introduction Latin American Studies Topics: Central American Journeys, Seminar: LGBTQ Social Movements in the Americas