This blog is primarily self-serving. Hopefully it gives me a chance to, in real time, reflect on what I’m reading, experiencing, and thinking about. My strategy with this blog is to begin to construct for myself a deeper set of ideas, theories, and strategies that could be relevant in health and human rights work.
Some things that I hope to work through with this blog:
- Social Movement Theory: I will explore social movement theory, and explore its relationship and applicability to the so-called ‘movement for health as a human right’ / ‘movement for global health equity.’
- Community Organizing: I will analyze explore grassroots organizing initiatives and the practical organizational/leadership/training/campaign-building programs, including the one that I work on full time. The goal is to connect this practical organizational/strategy/implementation work to broader scholarship and theory.
- Global Health Advocacy: I will read and research current issues within the global health advocacy space, and hope to discern good opportunities of political advocacy action.
- Random Reading and Cool Shit: I will also try to distill, summarize, and integrate the reading I’m doing across a variety of genres: fiction literature, sociology, political science, economics, global health. I also like to find cool shit on the internet and elsewhere and hope to share it here.
Ultimately, I want to attend graduate school and work on a PhD that sits at the intersection of sociology, political economy, health policy, and global health delivery. And, this blog is definitely linked to that hope. I want to work on serious research that advances our ideas about how to best enable the right to health to be realized. I believe that there is a need and a space for more scholarship – linked to real world organizational work – to make it possible. Hopefully, this will be a place for me to push my own thinking, engage in conversation with other folks who care about this stuff, and also hone my writing.