• Interested in how people are programmed.  It takes a long time to program a racist person.  It takes a long time to program a neoliberal technocrat.
  • Kids don’t start out saying: I want to grow up to be a neoliberal technocrat.  But that is what they likely would become, despite our best intentions, because it is what the culture of white supremacy does in the U.S.
  • How do we cut through those things? How do we combat racism?  How do we become anti-colonialist?  These are the things that are important in any interpretative work we do – whether it is an evaluation of a program or an evaluation of why the Ebola outbreak was so big in the Congo in 2019.
  • How Colonial and Imperial legacies have led to a structured disposition that leads people to act in the ways they do.  How do we get people to understand these structured dispositions?  How do we get people to understand the colonial mechanisms that are still built into what we do?   

List of 10 books – a mini syllabus

1) The Wretched of the Earth, Frantz Fanon

2) Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues, Paul Farmer

3) Neo-colonialism: The Last Stage of Imperialism, Kwame Nkrumah

4) The Anti-Politics Machine: Development, Depoliticization, and Bureaucratic Power, James Ferguson

5) Bad Samaritans: The Guilty Secrets of Rich Nations & the Threat of Global Prosperity, Ha-Joon Chang

6) The Divide: Global Inequality from Conquest to Free Markets, Jason Hickel

7) The Congo: From Leopold to Kabila: A People’s History, Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja

8) White Plague, Black Labor: Tuberculosis and the Political Economy of Health and Disease in South Africa, Randall M. Packard

9) Orientalism, Edward W. Said

10) Beloved, Toni Morrison