Through this postdoctoral fellowship at CRIA, I seek to address how the phenomenon known as global health could be conceived of as an additional domain for the private accumulation of capital through speculation. By addressing global health as a site for speculation, I look to argue that what appear as colonial ideological remnants in contemporary local public health practice are in effect necessary tools for the re-inscription of categories of social difference. These tools, in turn, facilitate processes of exploitation and alienation that allow for the extraction of value. It is my contention that these regimes of speculation in global health serve as the foundation for the coloniality of local public health practices. Throughout my fellowship, I will compare ethnographic data collected over the course of 28 months between 2017 and 2020 in Honduras with new data collected in the same research locales over the course of 6 non-consecutive months of research during 2023 and 2025.
Governance, Policies and Livelihoods