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November 11, 2013

Abigail Dumes (Anthropology) is working on a dissertation titled “Divided Bodies: The Practice and Politics of Lyme Disease in the United States,” advised by Marcia C. Inhorn. In it, she examines the controversy that surrounds the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease in the United States. She investigates why, in an era of evidence-based medicine, there are two emergent standards of care for Lyme disease and how these standards of care are connected to political power and positions on the environment. Drawing from 18 months of intensive ethnographic fieldwork among Lyme patients, physicians, and scientists throughout the Northeast, Abigail analyzes shifts in competing claims about the medical, political, and environmental aspects of the disease. She has a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis.