Maitra, Amrapali

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In the Field

I am an MD/PhD student in the Social and Cultural Anthropology track. I received my B.A. from Harvard University in History and Literature within the Postcolonial Studies track, where I explored Indian literary representations of madness for my senior thesis. I have been at Stanford for the past two years as a medical student, where I have conducted research investigating women’s barriers to disclosing domestic violence in the clinic setting of Dhaka, Bangladesh. My interests lie in exploring the intimacies of violence in the urban slum setting, the shaping of mental health through chronic stress like terminal illness or conflict, and the challenges of articulating narratives of trauma, among other things. I ultimately hope to apply medical anthropology to strengthen dialogue and decisions around healthcare in South Asia and the developing world.