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University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies


The Gates Cambridge Trust has announced the results of the US selection round 2023.  

The Gates Cambridge Trust has awarded scholarships to 23 outstanding candidates from across the United States.  

We are delighted to announce that Ms Anne Lheem, MPhil in Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies, has been awarded a Gates US Scholarship for 2023-24 and we send our warmest congratulations to Anne on this great achievement.

'I grew up in a small town in North Carolina, after which I studied anthropology and global health at Harvard College. Combined with my interests in cultural psychiatry, history of medicine, and East Asian studies, I wrote a senior honors thesis unpacking the history, present-day implications of, and lived experiences behind women’s engagements in the plastic surgery industry in South Korea, highlighting how colonial and imperial influences gave way to the normalization of aesthetic standards rooted in racialized and gendered notions of “beauty,” and discussing this phenomena’s implications in South Korean discourses around health, gender, citizenship, and geopolitics. I plan to continue this line of research through Cambridge’s MPhil in Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies, as I apply a more rigorous understanding of feminist theory and methodologies to my work. More generally, I am passionate about devising more culturally and gender inclusive ways of understanding mental health, fighting for equity in health and education access, and contributing to more diverse approaches of studying—and teaching—the social sciences, especially in its application to health and education.' Anne Lheem

Previous Education:
Harvard University Anthropology 2022