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Date of Thesis Acceptance

Spring 5-10-2017

Major Department or Program

Politics - Environmental Studies


Shampa Biswas Alissa Cordner


I am interested in how Western public health organizations respond to moments of environmental health risks. Intersecting concerns about biosecurity, race, disability, and gender, I see the question of Zika Virus as not just epidemiological, but deeply political. By looking at resources published in response to Zika Virus, this thesis will investigate the question: how does Western biomedical knowledge function through national and international public health organizations to measure and manage abnormality?

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S), Zika virus, Public health -- Public aspects, Environmental health -- Risk assessment, Michael Foucault (1926-1984), Louis Althusser (1918-1990), Nira Yuval-Davis, World Health Organization, Whitman College -- Dissertation collection 2017 -- Politics-Environmental Studies

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