Estrella Castillo

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PhD Student
Research Areas: 
science and technology studies; ethnographic methods; affect and materiality; Indigenous religions; ritual heuristics; history of psychedelics, anthropology, consciousness studies, and transdisciplinarity


Estrella is a Chicana 3rd-year Ph.D. student in the History of Science and Medicine and a 2021 fellow with the Yale Center for Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration. Estrella’s research pivots on questions regarding spiritualism and the materiality of psychedelics, with attention to how peyote serves as a coordinate for the historical development of diverse cultural forms: blurring boundaries between science, medicine, law, play, and religion.

Before coming to Yale, Estrella graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University (CU, GS ‘19) with a B.A. in Anthropology (sociocultural track) with emphases in environmental anthropology and science studies. In 2016, Estrella gained an A.A. in Sociology for Transfer from San Diego City College (SDCC). Estrella has worked with interlocutors of various healing systems, religions, and practices throughout her studies and community organizing, integrating what she learns into her studies and daily life. 

Extracurricular: HSHM Graduate Advisory Committee; History Department Graduate Student Advisory Committee; History Department Diversity Committee; History BIPOC Graduate Collective; Research Assistant, Life Worth Living, Yale Center for Faith and Culture.