Aisha Chughtai

Doctoral Student


I am a PhD/MPH candidate working at the intersections of medical anthropology and global health studies. My research focuses on phenomenology, epistemology, and the materialisms of health, disease, and society to better understand how health policy and infrastructures translate into the practices and experiences of everyday life. Currently, my dissertation fieldwork examines healthcare policies, practices and experiences, and limitations in Pakistan, focusing specifically on vaccine culture to understand the roles of health, biotechnology, disease, and society from both global and domestic perspectives. My previous work has included patient-centered advocacy and care work for immigrant populations in Philadelphia. For my MPH thesis, I am examining healthcare infrastructure and practices for immigrant populations in the United States. 


Villanova University, BS/BA in Biology, English, and Spanish Studies
Fulbright Fellow 2017-2018

Research Interests

Health, Disease, and Society; Phenomenology and Embodiment; STS Studies; Political Anthropology and State Power



Graduate Status