Persephone D'Shaun


Persephone is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology and a recipient of Notre Dame’s Dean’s Fellowship. She holds a B.A. in Medical Anthropology and Global Health from the University of Washington. She is interested in how social contexts shape biology and health outcomes, and her research interests include whiteness and race, lived experience, epigenetics, stress, and health and disease. Persephone’s dissertation research centers on Trinidad, where she is investigating whiteness, stress, epigenetic marks, and health outcomes. She is also interested in the relationship between whiteness and hypermasculinity in the context of gender violence. She is a Notre Dame Deans’ Fellow. Persephone has advanced to candidacy.

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