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Professor Andrew Lakoff has co-edited, “Biosecurity Interventions: Global Health and Security in Question”

Prof. Lakoff has co-edited a volume with Stephen J. Collier entitled, Biosecurity Interventions: Global Health and Security in Question (Columbia University Press, 2008). In recent years, new disease threats—such as SARS, avian flu, mad cow disease, and drug-resistant strains of malaria and tuberculosis—have garnered media attention and galvanized political response. Proposals for new approaches to “securing health” against these threats have come not only from public health and medicine but also from such fields as emergency management, national security, and global humanitarianism. This volume provides a map of this complex and rapidly transforming terrain. The contributors focus on how experts, public officials, and health practitioners work to define what it means to “secure health” through concrete practices such as global humanitarian logistics, pandemic preparedness measures, vaccination campaigns, and attempts to regulate potentially dangerous new biotechnologies. Biosecurity Interventions offers a form of critical and reflexive knowledge that examines how technical efforts to increase biosecurity relate to the political and ethical challenges of living with risk.

Prof. David Fitzgerald has just published his book, A Nation of Emigrants: How Mexico Manages its Migration

Prof. David Fitzgerald has published his book entitled, A Nation of Emigrants: How Mexico Manages its Migration (Berkeley: University of California Press). The book answers the question of what states do when much of their population simply gets up and walks away. In Mexico and other migrant-sending countries, mass emigration prompts governments to negotiate a new social contract with their citizens abroad. After decades of failed efforts to control outflow, the Mexican state now emphasizes voluntary ties, dual nationality, and rights over obligations. This book examines a region of Mexico whose citizens have been migrating to the United States for more than a century. It finds that emigrant citizenship does not signal the decline of the nation-state, but does lead to a new form of citizenship à la carte, and that bureaucratic efforts to manage emigration and its effects are based on the membership model of the Catholic Church.

Professor Rona-Tas weighs in on the subprime mortgage crisis

Professor Akos Rona-Tas’s work on credit assessment and the subprime mortgage crisis was presented at the German legislature (Bundestag) in November. The paper, available on his website, discusses the role of consumer and corporate credit rating agencies in the crisis. The German legislators are preparing a new law on data privacy and are especially interested in proper ways of handling credit related personal information.