2015 Slesinger Lecture: Dr. Seth Holmes

Dr. Seth M. Holmes, a cultural and medical anthropologist and physician at the University of California, Berkeley. His work focuses broadly on social hierarchies and health inequalities. His recent book, Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies,” is an ethnographic witness to the everyday lives and suffering of Mexican migrants in the United States.

Holmes is the Martin Sisters Endowed Chair and Assistant Professor of Public Health and Medical Anthropology at the UC-Berkeley. He is Co-director of the MD/PhD Track in Medical Anthropology, coordinated between UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley.

Holmes is also conducting research into the processes through which biomedical trainees learn to perceive and respond to social differences and inequalities.

In addition, Dr. Holmes is exploring new research into the social, symbolic, and political processes producing HIV death among specific categories of people, particularly Latino day laborers and other ethno-racial and sexual minorities and marginalized groups. This exploration attempts to address the ways in which political economic phenomena and social and symbolic categories produce structural vulnerability and what is framed in public health as individual choice and behavior.

The Slesinger lecture is named in honor of Professor Doris P. Slesinger, who joined the UW-Madison faculty in 1974 and became the first woman chair of the Department of Rural Sociology in 1987. She retired in 1988.Throughout her life, Slesinger was a passionate advocate for migrant workers’ rights and women’s health issues. Her research and outreach activities concerned the health and well-being of minorities, including African Americans and Native Americans, women, migrant farm workers, and the rural poor.