Researcher, Health & Data

Livia Garofalo

Livia Garofalo is a cultural and medical anthropologist and a researcher on the Health & Data team at Data & Society. She is interested in understanding how people experience and treat conditions of illness and distress, both inside and outside clinical settings. Her recent projects have examined the delivery of critical care, the impact of Traumatic Brain Injury on patients and families, and ideas of risk and blame in medicine.

Livia is currently completing her PhD/MPH in Medical Anthropology at Northwestern University, where her project focused on the relationship between inequality, trauma, and economic crisis in ICUs in public hospitals in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her research has been funded by the U.S. Fulbright Program, the National Science Foundation, and the Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. She also holds a BA and MA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Bologna, in Bologna, Italy.

Livia’s insights from Argentina have been published in Somatosphere, SAPIENS, and PEEPS Magazine. She is currently an Editor at Somatosphere, a collaborative website on science, medicine, and anthropology, and has previously worked at the University of Chicago Medicine and the Italian National Census. Her twitter handle is @livgar_

All Work

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    Data & Society
      “Distance is not the opposite of presence. Absence is.”    How do professional providers navigate legal and ethical issues embedded in distanced intimacy? Which considerations should mental health care platform... Read more
    January 2022