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Cecilia Van Hollen

Former Public Policy Scholar


    January 8, 2018 — July 27, 2018

    Professional affiliation

    Professor and Head of Studies, Yale-NUS

    Wilson Center Projects

    Cancer and the Kali Yuga: Assessing risks and seeking cures for reproductive cancers in India

    Full Biography

    Cecilia Van Hollen will begin a new position in July 2018 as Professor and Head of Studies of Anthropology at Yale-NUS. Her areas of expertise are in South Asia Studies, cultural anthropology, medical anthropology, and gender and sexuality. Van Hollen’s book, Birth in the Age of AIDS: Women, Reproduction, and HIV/AIDS in India was published by Stanford University Press in 2013. Her first book Birth on the Threshold: Childbirth and Modernity in South India, published by the University of California Press in 2003, received the Association for Asian Studies’ 2005 prize for the best book in South Asia Studies. She has received research fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the American Institute for Indian Studies (AIIS), and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Van Hollen received her PhD from the University of California-Berkeley. She has been on the faculties of anthropology at Syracuse University and the University of Notre Dame and a visiting faculty member of Asian Studies at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She is on the Board of Trustees of AIIS and a member of the Editorial Board of Maternal and Child Health Journal. Van Hollen has been a contributor to the CSIS Global Health Policy blog and a Delegate to Oxfam-India’s South Asia Maternal-Health Regional Dialogue.

    Major Publications

    • Publication One: 2013 Birth in the Age of AIDS: Women, Reproduction, and HIV/AIDS in India. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press.
    • Publication Two: 2003 Birth on the Threshold: Childbirth & Modernity in South India. Berkeley: University of California Press.
    • Publication Three: 2016 Feminist Critical Medical Anthropology Methodologies: Implications for understanding gender and healthcare in India. Special Issue. Economic and Political Weekly 51(18):72-79.