Alejandro Arango-Londoño

Ph.D. Anthropology, University at Albany - SUNY [In Progress]
G.A.C. Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies, University at Albany - SUNY, 2017
M.A. Anthropology, University at Albany - SUNY, 2016
B.A. Anthropology, Universidad Icesi (Colombia), 2012


Research Interests:
Anthropology of Gender, Critical Medical Anthropology, Political Economy, Anthropology of the Body, Urban Anthropology

Area of Study / Field site:
Colombia, Latin America

Academic Advisor & Subfield:
Dr. Elise Andaya; Cultural Anthropology

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I am interested in cultural dynamics around biomedicine and gender, and how they are connected to issues of neoliberal capitalism and body practices. In my doctoral research, I explore beauty as a social and cultural phenomenon in which biomedicine, gender, and political economy are interrelated. More specifically, I analyze ideas of masculinity and men's bodies enhancement practices that have emerged in Colombia, with a focus on cosmetic plastic surgery and aesthetic treatments.



State University of New York (Albany, NY)
-Anthropology of Gender [Online Class] (Summer 2016, Summer 2017)

Teaching Assistant
-Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Spring 2017)
-Introduction to Cultural Medical Anthropology (Spring 2016)

Universidad Icesi (Colombia)
-Socialization Processes and Cultural Practices (Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014)

Teaching Assistant
-Urban Anthropology (Spring 2012)
-Studies on Cali (Fall 2011)
-Sociocultural Anthropology I (Fall 2011)


2014-Present - Teaching Assistantship, State University of New York, Albany, NY.
2017 - Benevolent Association Research Grant, State University of New York, Albany, NY.
2017 - Fenton Research Award, Anthropology Department, State University of New York, Albany, NY.
2017 - Travel Grant, Latin American Studies Association, LASA Conference 2017, Lima, Perú.
2016 - Professional Development Grant, Graduate Student Organization, State University of New York, Albany, NY.
2015 - Summer Research Grant, Graduate Student Organization, State University of New York, Albany, NY.
2006–2011 - Academic Excellence Scholarship, Universidad Icesi, Colombia.


-2017, [in publishing process] “Men’s Beauty” (position paper, contribution to Beauty Around the World), Drury University.

-2013, “Construyendo buenos ciudadanos con buenas prácticas en salud: dengue e influenza AH1N1 en Cali, Colombia”. In: Revista CS No. 11, jan-jun 2013. Cali, Colombia: Universidad Icesi, 2013, pp. 399-442.

-2011, “La migración japonesa en Cali: una Mirada regional”. In: Revista Transpasando Fronteras. Cali, Colombia: Universidad Icesi, pp. 19-43.