Tanisha Spratt, PhD Student






Tanisha Spratt is a PhD student at University of Cambridge, Newnham College working under the supervision of Dr. Darin Weinberg. She holds a BA (Hons) in English and American Literature and an MA in North American Studies and is currently conducting research in the field of medical sociology. In using vitiligo and alkaptonuria as case studies, Tanisha’s research explores the relationship between patient experiences of chronic illness, race, and gender in the United States, with a particular emphasis on the ways in which race, gender and illness are performed and constructed as separate but related identities. Tanisha is interested in ideas of race, gender, and illness performance in the US and how experiences of being “othered” because of their “abnormal” appearance can lead patients to attempt to socially pass as “normal” and/ or “healthy.” She is particularly interested in the processes and mechanisms involved in these attempts to socially pass and how this often coincides with the country’s political and economic climate.




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Rare Disease Day 2019
14-Mar-2019

Rare Disease Day is an international day designed to raise awareness to the public and those.. ...more

Cambridge Half Marathon 2019: On the Day
08-Mar-2019

Last Sunday our two runners, Ana and Katja, both completed the Cambridge Half Marathon. They rai.. ...more

Cambridge Half Marathon 2019: Meet the Runners
22-Feb-2019

The Cambridge Half Marathon is Next Sunday. On the 3rd March our two runners will tackle the roa.. ...more

Final meeting of DevelopAKUre and the 11th Scientific workshop on AKU – Siena 2019
15-Feb-2019

The AKU Society has just come back from a hectic week in the beautiful Italian city of Siena.. ...more

SONIA 2 - Last patients
22-Jan-2019

On the 18th January, the last SONIA 2 (Suitability of Nitisinone In Alkaptonuria 2) patients.. ...more