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Faculty & Staff Honors

Faculty & Staff Honors

Columbia: Sociomedical Sciences Researcher Honored for Anthropological Studies

Dr. Lesley A. Sharp, senior research scientist in the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health’s Department of Sociomedical Sciences, and professor of anthropology at Barnard College, received the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) Wellcome Medal for Anthropology as Applied to Medical Problems. The award recognizes Professor Sharp’s longstanding contributions to anthropological studies of bioethics, and in particular, commends her recent publication, “Animal Ethos: The Morality of Human-Animal Encounters in Experimental Lab Science” (2019). The RAI noted that the publication “broadened the scope of bioethics…by developing new understandings of the morality of care in animal experimentation and interspecies relationships.”

Dr. Sharp’s primary areas of interest within medical anthropology include biotechnologies, the symbolics of the body, and the intersection of anthropology and bioethics. Much of her work over the past 14 years has focused on forms of human organ replacement  — human-to-human as well as experimental trajectories involving non-human implants. Dr. Sharp has written extensively on indigenous healing, as well as youth, health, history, and sexuality in Madagascar.

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