Eric Plemons

2017 Winner

Portrait of Eric with a human anatomy chart in the background

Eric Plemons is a medical anthropologist focused on the practice of transgender medicine and surgery. His first book, The Look of a Woman (2017, Duke University Press), examines facial feminization surgery, a series of bone and soft tissue reconstructive surgeries intended to feminize the faces of trans- women. Plemons's current projects include multisited ethnographic research investigating how US institutions are responding to a growing demand for trans- healthcare, and a literature-based analysis of how trans- surgical outcomes are studied and clinically assessed. Working out from the contemporary conditions of US trans- medicine, Plemons's ethnographic work in surgical clinics has taken him to Northern Europe and South America.