Jorge Benavides-Rawson is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at the George Washington University and a Visiting Fellow in the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Science, Technology and Society (STS). His dissertation research examines the interaction of public health policy-makers, scientists, and the media as coproducers of international and global policies for epidemics and pandemics. To trace the coproduction of pandemics, Jorge is conducting multi-sited ethnographic fieldwork, comparing diverse forms of knowledge production about Zika and Covid-19 in various locations of the United States and his home country of Costa Rica.
Jorge holds an MA (2015) in Medical Anthropology from the George Washington University, an MD (2005) from the University of Costa Rica School of Medicine, and a BSc in Biomedical Sciences from the same university. Prior to his involvement in anthropology, Jorge was an instructor of Tropical Infectious Diseases and Global Health (2008-2013).