Alejandro Ceron

Assistant Professor

  • Faculty
  • Department of Anthropology
  • College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

What I do

I am committed to the collective imagining of a society with no exclusion and to working toward its realization through the combination of applied work in anthropology and public health.

Professional Biography

Alejandro Cerón is a researcher interested in the social and cultural aspects of health in Guatemala and Central America. Through his work he pays particular attention to the link
between public health practice and health as a human right from the perspective of sociocultural epidemiology. He received a medical degree in 2000 and a master in public
health in 2006 (both from the University of San Carlos of Guatemala), as well as a doctoral degree in anthropology from the University of Washington in 2013. Between 2001 and
2006, he worked in rural Guatemala as a physician and primary health project coordinator. He is assistant professor in the Anthropology department at the University of Denver.
He maintains professional collaborations in Guatemala with the Instituto de Salud Incluyente (ISIS), the Centro de Estudios para la Equidad y Gobernanza en los Sistemas de Salud (CEGSS), the Fundación para el Niño Enfermo Renal (FUNDANIER), and the Universidad Del Valle de Guatemala (UVG).


  • MD, Medicine, Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala
  • Other, Epidemiology, Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala
  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Washington, 2013

Professional Affiliations

  • American Anthropological Association
  • Society for Applied Anthropology
  • Colegio de Médicos de Guatemala


My overall research goals are to understand the relationship between public health and the right to health, in theory and in practice, through projects that utilize qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Featured Publications

Ceron, A. (2018). Epidemiología neocolonial: Prácticas de salud pública y derecho a la salud en Guatemala. [Neo-colonial epidemiology: Public health practice and the right to health in Guatemala.] (p. 174). Guatemala City, Guatemala: Asociacion para el Avance de las Ciencias Sociales [Society for the Advancement of Social Sciences]. Serie Autores Invitados No. 28 [Invited Authors Series, #28.] .


  • Derecho a la salud en Guatemala: Relaciones entre ciudadanos, proveedores e instituciones en un Sistema Disfuncional” [Right to health in Guatemala: relationships between citizens, providers and institutions in a dysfunctional system]
  • “Interculturalidad y Salud Pública en America Latina: Conceptos y Avances en Politica de Salud Intercultural” [Multiculturalism and Public Health in Latin America: Concepts and Progress in Multicultural Health Policy]
  • CerMy two cents: The role of Traditional and Complementary Medicine in the Reduction of Health Inequalities.
  • Public presentation of the book 'Epidemiología Neocolonial', by A Cerón