Brent Kaup, Sociology, College of William and Mary
Title: The Pathogens of Finance
Abstract: A number of infectious diseases recently emerged in unexpected places across the globe. Scholars frequently attribute such disease emergence to environmental or institutional change, but often overlook the connections between the two. Developing a historical sociology of emerging infectious diseases, the author examines the spread of Lyme disease to Virginia, U.S.A. and the Zika virus to Mato Grosso, Brazil. Doing so, the author demonstrates how the liberal economic transformation of the global financial system provided the monetary foundations for a massive shift in the physical form of the planetary landscape that, in turn, proved to be more conducive to the emergence and spread of certain infectious diseases.