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. His dissertation focused on the history (and problematization) of HIV/AIDS in Vietnam within the context of competing regimes of politics, ethics and technology. Based on archival work and two years of fieldwork in Southeast Asia, this work tracked the emergence of HIV/AIDS in Vietnam, its casting by the state as a "social evil," and its subsequent painstaking reproblematization under the US President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief.
More recently, Montoya has taken up a related range of medical anthropological interests including work on the link between economic shifts within Asia and the illicit trade in wildlife; the intersection of human health and environmental sustainability; drugs and the drug trade in Southeast Asia; and the compounding effects of urban poverty on access to education, health services and proper nutrition. 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, 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
Community service & Involvement
Alfred Montoya was a member of the San Antonio Area HIV Health Services Planning Council, where he served on the council’s Needs Assessment Committee.He is also a member of 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 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.