Anne Lheem

Anne Lheem

  • Scholar-elect
  • United States
  • 2023 MPhil Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies
  • Trinity College

I grew up in a small town in North Carolina, after which I studied anthropology and global health at Harvard College. Combined with my interests in cultural psychiatry, history of medicine, and East Asian studies, I wrote a senior honors thesis unpacking the history, present-day implications of, and lived experiences behind women’s engagements in the plastic surgery industry in South Korea, highlighting how colonial and imperial influences gave way to the normalization of aesthetic standards rooted in racialized and gendered notions of “beauty,” and discussing this phenomena’s implications in South Korean discourses around health, gender, citizenship, and geopolitics. I plan to continue this line of research through Cambridge’s MPhil in Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies, as I apply a more rigorous understanding of feminist theory and methodologies to my work. More generally, I am passionate about devising more culturally and gender inclusive ways of understanding mental health, fighting for equity in health and education access, and contributing to more diverse approaches of studying—and teaching—the social sciences, especially in its application to health and education.

Previous Education

Harvard University Anthropology 2022