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Jocelyn Lim Chua
Graduate Dissertation Fellow 2008-09, Anthropology

Jocelyn Lim Chua is a doctoral candidate in the Anthropology Department at Stanford University. She received her BA in History of Art and Architecture graduating magna cum laude from Harvard University and holds an MA in Cultural and Social Anthropology from Stanford. Her dissertation, The Politics of Death: Suicide at the Margins of Sovereignty in Kerala, South India, is based on over two years of ethnographic fieldwork in Kerala's capital city of Trivandrum. Her work engages the social and historical processes through which suicide reorganizes everyday relations, inaugurates new forms of neoliberal self-governance, and is used to mobilize alternative forms of political life in India's so-called "Suicide Capital."