Luísa Reis Castro


PhD candidate - History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society (STS) program


Luísa Reis-Castro is a PhD candidate in MIT’s program in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society (HASTS), examining new technologies for controlling mosquito-borne diseases as a window to discuss science and health policies. Her research focuses on different vector control projects being researched, tested, and implemented in Brazil, which attempt to use the Aedes aegyptpti mosquito as a means of controlling the pathogens it is known to transmit. Combining theoretical and methodological tools from anthropology, science and technology studies (STS), and environmental humanities, Luísa examines these projects to develop a framework for understanding how the deployment of different scales—territory, island, border, and climate—can determine research and responses to disease transmission and health outcomes.

Before attending MIT’s HASTS program, Luísa received both her MSc in Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology and her MA in Studies on Society, Science and Technology at Maastricht University, in the Netherlands. For her BA in Social Sciences, she attended the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, in Brazil.