Alfred Montoya is an associate professor of Anthropology in the Sociology & Anthropology department. His work concerns, broadly, the intersection of science, technology and society in the governance of epidemics in Southeast Asia, with special attention to HIV/AIDS in Vietnam.
More recently, Montoya has taken up a related range of medical anthropological interests including work on the effects of climate change on migration and health in the greater Mekong subregion; drugs and the drug trade in Southeast Asia; and the compounding effects of urban poverty on access to education, health services and proper nutrition in San Antonio. A native of San Antonio, Montoya is especially interested in forming partnerships with local agencies and the San Antonio community, developing opportunities for students to engage in community-based research projects through his fieldwork course.
Montoya, Alfred. “The Force of Absent Things: HIV/AIDS, PEPFAR Vietnam, and the Afterlife of Aid.” East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal. Vol.12, Summer, 2018.
Montoya, Alfred, Graham, Connor. “Introduction: Death, After-Death and the Human in the Internet Era: Remembering, not Forgetting Professor Michael C. Kearl (1949-2015).” Mortality: Promoting the Interdisciplinary Study of Death and Dying. Vol. 20, iss. 4. October 2015.
Montoya, Alfred. “Digital Relics of the Saints of Affliction: HIV/AIDS, Digital Images and the Neoliberalization of Health Humanitarianism in Contemporary Vietnam.” Mortality: Promoting the Interdisciplinary Study of Death and Dying. Vol. 20, iss. 4, October, 2015.
Sea Snake Harvest in the Gulf of Thailand. With Nguyen Van Cao, Nguyen Thien Tao, Amelia Moore, Arne Rasmussen, Kenneth Broad, Harold Voris, Zoltan Takacs. Conservation Biology. Vol.28, iss.6. December. 2014.
How To Argue With A Computer: HIV/AIDS, the Secret Life of Numbers, and The Form of the Future in Contemporary Vietnam. East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal. Vol.7, no.1. 2013.
From 'The People' to 'The Human': HIV/AIDS, Neoliberalism and the Economy of Virtue in Contemporary Vietnam. Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique. Vol. 20, no.2, May 2012.
Introduction to Anthropology
Health, Illness and Society
Research Methods: Fieldwork
HIV/AIDS: Nature, Power, Populations
International Issues in Health and the Environment
Food, Culture, and Power
Community service & Involvement
Alfred Montoya currently serves on the City of San Antonio Climate Action and Adaptation Plan Committee, as a member of the Equity Technical Working Group. He was a member of the San Antonio Area HIV Health Services Planning Council, the San Antonio/Bexar County HIV/Syphilis Task Force, and served on the board of the San Antonio AIDS Foundation. He has organized community-based research projects with numerous organizations, including COPSMetro, the Bexar County Ryan White Program, the San Antonio AIDS Foundation, VIA metropolitan transit, and the San Antonio Housing Authority/UT Health Science Center – San Antonio’s Community STORM.