Paras Arora

Workshop Coordinator
The Medical Humanities

My name is Paras Arora, and I am the Graduate Student Coordinator for The Medical Humanities Research Workshop at the Stanford Humanities Center for the 2022-23 academic year. I am currently a second-year PhD student in the Culture and Society track at the Department of Anthropology, Stanford University. As a socio-cultural and medical anthropologist in the making, I am researching how the familial and professional caregivers to autistic adults in India experiment with the regimen and location of care work that they perform on the basis of the futures that they anticipate for autistic individuals. Through my research, then, I wish to develop a culturally attuned understanding of autism as a shared condition, family as a political institution, care as an ethical practice, and childhood-adulthood as socially mediated thresholds of life. Before coming to Stanford, I secured an M.A. degree in Anthropology and Sociology from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, where I was the Hans Wilsdorf and FERIS scholar. From my undergraduate training, I received a BA degree with Honors in Political Science from Hindu College, University of Delhi.