Patricia Tovar

Patricia Tovar

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1995 PhD Graduate Center of the City University of New York

1987 MA  City College of New York, CUNY


Professor Patricia Tovar has a P.h.D. in Anthropology from the CUNY Graduate Center (1995), a Masters degree in Applied Anthropology from CCNY, and a BA from Universidad Nacional de Colombia. During the Fall of 2014, she was a Distinguished Fellow at the Advanced Research Collaborative at the CUNY Graduate Center. She has been at John Jay College since 2008. Before that she was working in the Political Science Department at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá. Until 2006 she was the head of the Social Anthropology section of the Colombian Institute of Anthropology and History. She has conducted research on women and armed conflict, displaced populations, and on the inequalities in gender and science. Her research interests have focused on the study of widowhood, mobility, forced displacement, violence, sexual and reproductive health, and gender and science. Her studies have involved collaboration with scholars in different countries, and with indigenous and afro-descendant grassroots organizations.  More recently, she became interested in colonial studies. She has published extensively on the consequences of armed conflict on women’s lives, the impact of new reproductive technologies for women, the construction of medical discourses and cosmetic alterations of the female body, and on why women lag far behind men in science and technology. She is the author of the books: “The Widows of the Armed Conflict in Colombia” and “Family, Gender and Anthropology in Colombia.” Her current research is about women explorers and travelers during the Age of Discovery. She has conducted fieldwork in Colombia, Ecuador, Portugal, and the United States, and her anthropological work has taken her to many places around the world.


Las viudas del conflicto armado en Colombia. (“The Widows of the Armed Conflict in Colombia”) Bogotá,

ICANH, 2006.

Patricia Tovar, ed. 2003. Familia, Género y Antropología: Desafíos y Transformaciones. (“Family, Gender and

Anthropology: Challenges and Transformations”). Patricia Tovar, ed. Bogotá: ICANH.

Book chapters:


Gender and family issues, armed conflict, women and science,Latin America,

Human Rights


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