Discourse about interdisciplinarity circulates widely across a range of global health contexts. Many institutions and individuals in global health advocate, project, and support an interdisciplinary approach to global health work. Currently, the effect of this discourse on research, policy and practice is not well understood. In my dissertation, entitled “Global Health and the Rhetoric of Interdisciplinarity,” I ask, “What are the conditions, meanings, logics, and effects of interdisciplinarity discourse in global health?” Ultimately, my study aims to facilitate future research and deliberations about interdisciplinarity in global health.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
Rhetorical analysis and criticism provide a powerful means for identifying, understanding, and even intervening in complex issues in science, technology, and medicine. The Rhetoric emphasis in the Department of English and the Science and Technology Studies specialization are programs that together support and mobilize a vital humanities-based approach to various critical issues in health and medicine.