My work uses an interdisciplinary perspective informed by Literary and Cultural Studies, the Health Humanities, Science and Technology studies (STS), Postcolonial Studies, and Critical Race Theory.
Current Project: “The Body as Battleground”
In this project, I argue that a transdisciplinary slippage between the language of biology and politics at the end of the Nineteenth Century sent a cascade of effects throughout Western culture and global politics. Developments in biomedicine, social and cultural theory, and politics resituated bioinsecurity as a pervasive, perceived threat to individual health and national security. This project intervenes in critical theory by putting both pre- and post-Foucauldian biopolitical discourse in dialog with theories of decolonial studies, critical race, sex, and gender studies, and disability studies to argue: (1) that contemporary rhetoric surrounding health and security, and disease and terror, are rooted in deeply political shifts that occurred at the turn of the Twentieth Century; (2) that those shifts also led to the emergence of biopolitical discourse and theory — which came from a particularly middle class, white, cisgendered, patriarchal, able-bodied perspective; (3) that biopolitics are inherently identity politics; (4) that we must reconsider the criticism and theory of disenfranchized, othered, and oppressed groups as part of the canon of biopolitical theory