Jennifer Trowbridge is a sociocultural and biological anthropologist whose writing and research centers on the intersections between political violence, justice and human rights, and science and technology. Her recent ethnographic research in Colombia focuses on sociopolitical dynamics of forensic scientific investigations to locate, identify, and return the bodies of people killed in human rights violations. Her approach emphasizes relationships between the living and the dead, especially with regards to the dead body within forensic scientific practices and funerary rituals.
Jennifer’s ethnographic fieldwork in Colombia was inspired by her years of experience as a lab-based forensic anthropologist in Guatemala, and her time working at a human rights’ advocacy organization in Washington, DC on issues of US policy in Latin America. She is currently a member of NYU’s Center for the Humanities “Lab on War and Knowledge.”