EJ Sobo

Katie Hughes

Faculty Fellow

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Dr. Elisa (EJ) Sobo, professor of anthropology and Director of Undergraduate Research in the College of Arts and Letters at San Diego State University, is presently researching sound healing. Prior studies have concerned healthy schools, vaccination, medicinal cannabis, and conspiracy theories. Sobo’s work has been covered by the New York Times, LA Times, and NPR.


Dr. Sobo earned her Ph.D. at UCSD (1990) and received post-doctoral training in medical anthropology at Case Western Reserve University (1991-1993). She has been a faculty member at the University of Durham in the UK, New Mexico State University, and the University of Arizona. She has worked in clinical trials as well as in hospital settings (i.e., for Children’s Hospital San Diego, and with the Veterans Health Administration). She also had done extensive consulting.

Fun Fact

EJ makes the best Pescado a la Veracruzana that you have EVER tasted.



  • Addressing Covid-19 Vaccination Equity for Hispanic/Latino Communities by Attending to Aguantarismo: A Californian US–Mexico Border Perspective. Social Science and Medicine. Vol 305: 115096.
  • Conspiracy theories in political-economic context: Lessons from parents with vaccine and other pharmaceutical concerns. Journal for Cultural Research. 25(1):51-68. 
  • Theorizing (Vaccine) Refusal: Through the Looking Glass. Cultural Anthropology: 31(3):342-350.
  • Everyday empiricism and the boundaries of scientific medicine. Social Science and Medicine. Vol 190, pp. 190-198.