Irene Del Mastro N.

Irene Del Mastro N.

Graduate Student


Curriculum Vitae

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I am a PhD Candidate in Sociology. Before coming to UCLA, I was a fellow in the NIH-funded Kuskaya training program. I also worked as a lecturer in the Social Sciences Department at both Pontificia Universidad del Perú and Universidad del Pacífico. I got my first masters in Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2017 and became licensed in Sociology by the Pontificia Universidad del Perú in 2013.

In my free time, I love going to the beach and watching and playing soccer.


  • 2021: Master of Arts: Sociology. University of California, Los Angeles
  • 2017: Master of Arts: Gender and Women’s Studies. University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • 2017: Graduate Certificate: Global Health. University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • 2013: Sociology Licence: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP)
  • 2012: Bachelor of Arts: Sociology. Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP)

Fields of Study

Sociology of Medicine, Sociology of Gender, Ethnography, Health Inequalities


My dissertation explores the role of medicine in the homelessness crisis. I am observing how street medicine crews reach out to the unhoused, how they manage to simultaneously assess for social and biomedical causes of diseases and illnesses, and their decisions around treatment. I also analyze how street medicine crews interact with each other to perform their job and how they coordinate with other institutions in charge of regulating the poor (e.g, social services agencies, police, emergency rooms). More broadly I study how social medicine is put into practice and the unintended consequences it might have in reproducing social inequality.



  • Del Mastro N., I. (2022). Providing culturally competent and universal health care in the Peruvian Amazon: The role of medical authority. Social Science & Medicine, Volume 315, 115556.
  • Del Mastro N., I. (2021). Adapting to poverty and dealing with gender: a comparative perspective on teenage pregnancy in the Peruvian Amazon. Culture, health & sexuality, 1-15.
  • Del Mastro N. I, Tejada-Llacsa PJ, Reinders S, Pérez R, Solís Y, Alva I, et al. (2021) Home birth preference, childbirth, and newborn care practices in rural Peruvian Amazon. PLoS ONE 16(5): e0250702.
  • Toyama, M., Diez-Canseco, F., Busse, P., Del Mastro N., I., & Miranda, J. (2018). Design and content validation of a set of SMS to promote seeking of specialized mental health care within the Allillanchu Project. Global Health, Epidemiology and Genomics, 3, E2. doi:10.1017/gheg.2017.18
  • Del Mastro, I. (2015). Among Teen Mothers and Mothers-in-their-Teens: an analysis of their life trajectory and the influential factors of their formation. Bachelor thesis. Debates en Sociología N° 40 pp. 31- 60 ISSN 0254-9220. Available online:…


  • Del Mastro N., I. (2018). “Prefiero que seas puta a que seas leca” El impacto de la heteronormatividad en el embarazo adolescente. In Hernández, W. Género en el Perú: Nuevos Enfoques, Miradas Interdisciplinarias. Lima: Universidad de Lima & Centros de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales.

Awards & Grants

  • 2022: Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Program. UCLA
  • 2022: Bedari Kindness Institute Graduate Fellowship Program. UCLA
  • 2021-22: Graduate Council Diversity Fellowship. UCLA
  • 2019-2021: Graduate Dean’s Scholar Award. Graduate School. UCLA
  • 2017: Worcester/Whatley/Leavitt Award For outstanding research, teaching, and outreach in gender and health. Center for Research on Gender and Women. UW, Madison.
  • 2016: Tinker Nave Short-Term Field Research Grant. Latin America, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program. University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • 2016: Research Travel Award. Graduate School. University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • 2016: Social Transformations to End Exploitation and Trafficking for Sex (STREETS) Project Award, 4W Initiative. University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • 2013: Year’s Best Undergraduate Thesis in Sociology. Social Sciences Department, PUCP. 2012: Financial Support Program for Undergraduate Thesis (PADET). PUCP.

Conference Presentations

  • Providing culturally competent and universal health care in the Peruvian Amazon: The role of medical authority. American Sociological Association Anual Meeting 2022
  • “I Rather You Be a Whore Than a Lesbian”. Coping with stigma, maternity expectations, and the cultural intelligibility of gender: the impact of heteronormativity in teenage pregnancy”. Género en el Perú: Nuevas Miradas, Enfoques Interdisciplinarios. Book Presentation. Universidad De Lima, November 2018; Gender & Women’s Studies Graduate Conference. University of Wisconsin-Madison, February 2017
  • Mobile Health to Prevent Adolescent Pregnancies and the Healthcare of Mother and Child.
    Fifth Childhood, Adolescence and Youth Workshop. CIPS. La Habana, October 2014
  • Among Teen Mothers and Teenager/Mother: an analysis of their life trajectory and the influential factors of their formation. (Bachelor thesis)
    Latin American Sociology Congress. ALAS Chile 2013
  • Integrational family, solidarity and mobility in the precariousness of urban life: cross looks France – Peru. IFEA, IEP, French Alliance. Lima, July 2013
  • The Use of Time and Entrepreneurship of the Female Youth. Factors of success and challenges faced by microbusinesses owned by young women (Aged 15-29) in Metropolitan Lima.
    International Colloquium of Social Sciences Working on the cross between family dynamics in Andes and Amazonian societies. Instituto Francés de Estudios Andinos. La Paz, November 2012
  • Road to Justice: passengers and drivers in transport to reconciliation.
    Latin American Congress of Sociology. ALAS. Chile 2013
  • Motivation and Impact of an Agroecological Association in the Catahuasi – Yauyos district.
    First Latin American Convention of Sociology Students. Convención Latinoamericana de Estudiantes de Sociología. Mexico DF, December 2012


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