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Julie Livingston

Julie Livingston

History
New York University
Fellow, 2021-22

Julie Livingston will spend her time at CASBS working on a book length essay that reimagines global health for the proximate future, using principles of the commons to rethink public health. The ongoing SARS-COV-2 pandemic has exposed the inadequacy of contemporary public health, from the failure of institutions like the CDC and WHO to provide for collective wellbeing, to the profound racial disparities in access to care and disease outcomes, as well as in vulnerability stemming from conditions of labor, housing, and environment. The book will use the pandemic as its organizing logic, allowing for an assessment of the current state of public health and imagining how it might be reworked in relation to an actual complex, massive, and scalar problem.

Livingston is Silver Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History at New York University. A cross-disciplinary scholar with training in history, anthropology, and public health, her interests include the body as a moral condition and mode of experience, taxonomies and relations that challenge them, southern African political and moral imagination; relations between species, and the public health consequences of capitalism and economic growth. She is also an active member of the NYU Prison Education Program Research Collective https://wp.nyu.edu/nyu_debt_project/. For more information about her work, see https://as.nyu.edu/content/nyu-as/as/faculty/julie-livingston.html