• Dr. Nelson Varas-Diaz is interested in the social, political and individual level implications of stigmatization. His academic career addresses the role of social and structural factors in the stigmatization of individuals and communities. His research has focused on the social stigmatization of disease (i.e. HIV/AIDS, addiction), marginalized groups (i.e. transgender individuals) and cultural practices (i.e. metal music, religion). These interests are manifested through research, policy work, teaching, and community involvement. Other subjects of interest include: 1) qualitative research, 2) mixed methodology, 3) issues related to community participation, and 4) social justice through research.

selected publications

research interests

  • Social stigmatization of disease (e.g. HIV/AIDS), marginalized groups (e.g. transgender individuals) and cultural practices (i.e. heavy metal music, religion); Research Methods, Caribbean Region.

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full name

  • Nelson Varas-Diaz


Recent publications and grants in Scholars@FIU

publication subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Biomedical Social Sciences
  • Family Studies
  • Health Care Sciences & Services
  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
  • Social Work
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