Eric Plemons

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Eric Plemons

Assistant Professor, Anthropology; Michigan Society of Fellows

101 West Hall, 1085 S. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1107

Office Location(s): 222-B West Hall
Phone: 734.615.3293
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Michigan Society of Fellows
  • About

    Eric Plemons is a cultural anthropologist whose work focuses on surgical practice and the production, circulation and application of expert knowledge on gender variant bodies. His current book project, The Look of a Woman, examines Facial Feminization Surgery, a series of bone and soft tissue reconstructive surgeries intended to feminize the faces of male-to-female transwomen. Plemons is also working—through literature review and ethnographic research—to develop a history of the technical practices used in genital sex reassignment surgery.


    His research engages theories of sex and gender, the critical study of science and medicine, political economies of medicine and medical innovation, trans- studies, anthropological theories of practice, and the studies of technology and technique.

  • Education
    • Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 2012
    • M.A. University of Chicago, 2005
    • B.A. DePauw University, 1999
  • Awards
    • Kenneth W. Payne Prize, Association for Queer Anthropology (American Anthropological Association)
    • UC Berkeley Center for the Study of Sexual Cultures Fellowship
    • Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant
    • University of California Regents Fellowship