Critical Care

Critical Care is the online publication of Medical Anthropology Quarterly. Critical Care provides anthropological insights about current events; creating space for public-facing writing, worldly and speculative interpretations of research, and dissemination of work to broader audiences. Critical Care combines the theoretical legacy of medical anthropology with applied, real-world engagements, providing careful responses to urgent matters demanding our attention.

Our editorial team is always looking for innovative and accessible contributions from medical anthropology and neighboring disciplines. Submissions will be reviewed by the MAQ Digital Editor and Editor, and we will work closely with authors on revisions. Multimedia or text submissions can take the form of:

  • reflections on fieldwork in progress
  • introduction of emergent methodologies or concepts
  • medical anthropological perspectives on current events
  • amplifying underrepresented voices in medical anthropology and in biomedicine/tech at large
  • reports from events, workshops, conference sessions

We also welcome online series ideas, which can resemble a journal special issue or be a collected group of submissions focused around a common theme or topic. A series can be curated by a contributor or by the digital editor.

Please contact the MAQ Digital Editor, Amber Benezra, with submissions and ideas:

Latest Posts


“Masks Are Like a Patch”: On the limits and possibilities of solidarity with farmworkers in a pandemic

Dvera I. Saxton

October 20, 2021

Distributing masks, Indigenous-language information about COVID-19, and encouraging immigrant farmworkers to complete the 2020 Census. Photo courtesy of CBDIO. When immigrant farmworker communities are not accounted for in the official records, like the Census, they will, once again, be denied significant resources and support for at least another ten years. The… (Continue Reading)


The Trans Body Is A Valuable Resource

Eric Plemons

June 7, 2021

Early Notes on a New Research Project Most tissues removed in the course of a surgical operation are considered abandoned by the operated patient. I abandoned my tonsils when I was 5 years old and my appendix when I was 38. Although most abandoned tissues are discarded, anonymously abandoned tissues can… (Continue Reading)


Understanding PFOA

David Bond

November 16, 2020

Tim Schroeder (Co-PI), David Bond (PI), and Janet Foley (Co-PI) teach class on PFOA at Bennington PFOA, I’m told, is the slipperiest chemical in existence. Nothing sticks to it, a peculiar quality that found profitable application within the manufacture of plastics. A white, waxy powder first engineered in the 1940s, PFOA… (Continue Reading)

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Which Lives Matter? Pro-Life Politics during a Pandemic

Risa Cromer and Sophie Bjork-James

September 29, 2020

Human life in the global coronavirus pandemic is under duress. At the time of our writing, COVID-19 has taken over two hundred thousand lives in the United States and significantly altered everyday life. Medical professionals, grocery clerks, postal workers, and other vital laborers risk their lives each day to help… (Continue Reading)

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A Gun for the End of the World

Joe Anderson

June 24, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds, I have watched gun rights organizations like the National Rifle Association (NRA) find a profound sense of justification. I spent a year researching and learning to shoot with gun rights activists in Southern California and was struck by the fact that their reasons for owning… (Continue Reading)

Blog Series: Election Year Series