Current Hanway Scholar
Dr. David Carey recipient of the Hanway Faculty Grant will be using the grant to carry on a project based on the effects of public health in the primarily indigenous populated country of Guatemala. Dr. Carey’s research will examine how the changing perceptions of medicine and disease and health among the Maya indigenous population, ladinos (non-indigenous Guatemalans), health care providers, government officials and international agencies shaped public health systems in Guatemala during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. By approaching Latin America as a co-producer of knowledge rather than a marginalized laboratory where European and U.S. scientists conducted experiments in their quests to solve the world’s most pressing health concerns, his project explores the tensions between indigenous, biomedical, and hybrid approaches to health care and the syncretic practices that emerged in different historical contexts. Guatemala is a particularly useful site for exploring how ethnicity informs the dynamic, contested, and negotiated process of health care in developing countries.
To demonstrate that the efficacy of public health initiatives and health care practices were as contingent upon the historical context and political milieu in which they unfolded as the epistemologies and knowledge that informed them, he will examine two watershed epidemics and three public health campaigns. In stark contrast to the authoritarianism and marginalization of indigenous communities that fueled opposition during nineteenth- and early twentieth-century epidemics, the democratic opening and transparent consultations with local leaders during the 1920s, facilitated indigenous-state compatibility. Yet even as stakeholders continued to compromise thereafter, distinct approaches to health care produced relations that ranged from conciliatory to contentious.
By demonstrating how cultural paradigms shape perceptions of medicine and illness, his study will contribute to the field of medical humanities and identify lessons that may help reduce the uncertainties that mark public health decision-making processes in the global south today.
Current Recipients of Global Studies Development Grant
Assistant Professor of History and Coordinator for the Asian Studies Minor Program, Chad R. Diehl will use the Development grant towards a new course, HS376D: “Memories of Nagasaki and Hiroshima”. The course will explore how the atomic bombings have been remembered in both Japan and the United States.
Dr. Dennis McCornac, Affiliate Assistant Professor of Economics, will use the grant towards a new EC 300-level course, “Survey of International Economics”. The course utilizes the tool of economic principle to analyze the global economy that is increasingly open to trade and capital flows across the borders. Major topics discussed are international trade in goods and services and the workings of international finance.