Citizenship encompasses more than just a simple relationship of a person to her state — an agreement of rights and responsibilities that are codified through legal writ — and is often held as the vehicle through which inequalities are articulated and new claims for belonging and inclusion emerge. Indeed, since at least the 1990’s, the conception of citizenship has been deeply broadened beyond a legal status to include all manner of social and political claims that are both tied to redistributive justice and cosmopolitical justice.
In my research, I have focused on health citizenship, or the economic, political and social negotiations related to the rights and responsibilities of individuals to and within the nation-state and of the nation-state to the individual with regard to healthful living. This is not limited merely to access to health care, but includes all that is incumbent in letting live well. In this, I have sought to further re-scale citizenship beyond the nation-state, moving into the micro scale of the community in my Master’s thesis as well as in local research projects that I have been involved with in the Seattle, WA area.
In my Doctoral dissertation, I shifted my research to the macro scale of transnationalized citizenship through an examination of the impact of 100 years of U.S. interventions in health and development in Haiti. In each of these projects, I have sought to uncover a genealogy of health citizenship that is at once nuanced in its geography and more broadly applicable in its theory.