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This reading list is constantly evolving. Please feel free to email us at dukedgh@gmail.com or tweet us @dukedecolonize if you have suggestions for additional reading material.


Abimbola, Seye:  The foreign gaze: authorship in academic global health

Bhattacharya, Sanjoy and Campani, Carlos: Reassessing the Foundations of Smallpox Eradication

Birn, Anne-Emmanuelle: Philanthrocapitalism, past and present: The Rockefeller Foundation, the Gates Foundation, and the setting(s) of the international/global health agenda

Datta, Ranjan: Decolonizing Both Researcher and Research and Its Effectiveness in Indigenous Research

Green, Andrew The Activists Trying to ‘Decolonize’ Global Health

Guinto, Renzo #DecolonizeGlobalHealth: Rewriting The Narrative of Global Health

Jumbam, Desmond: How (not) To Write About Global Health

Karan, Abraar: Opinion: It’s Time To End The Colonial Mindset in Global Health

Lancet Global Health: Decolonising COVID-19

Pai, Madhukar: 10 Fixes for Global Health Consulting Malpractice

Pai, Madhukar: Global Health Research Needs a Makeover

Pai, Madhukar: Can We Reimagine Global Health in the Post-Pandemic World

Richardson, Eugene, McGinnis, Timothy, and Frankfurter, Raphael: Ebola and the Narrative of Mistrust

Richardson, Eugene: Pandemicity, COVID-19 and the limits of public health ‘science’

Saha, Sudipta, Kavattur, Purvaja, Goheer, Amina The C-Word: Tackling The Enduring Legacy of Colonialism in Global Health

Tuck, Eve and Yang, K. Wayne: Decolonization is Not a Metaphor



Biehl, Joao and Petryana, Adriana When People Come First: Critical Studies in Global Health

Crane, Johanna Taylor  Scrambling for Africa: AIDS, Expertise, and the Rise of American Global Health Science

Fanon, Frantz Black Skin, White Masks

Fanon, Frantz Wretched of the Earth

Mignolo, Walter Globalization and the Decolonial Option

Mignolo, Walter On Decoloniality: Concepts, Analytics, Praxis

Ngugi wa Thiong’o  Decolonising the Mind 

Smith, Linda Tuhiwai Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples

Washington, Harriet  Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present 


Other Reading and Syllabi 

Green, Monica The Emergence of Global Health (Spring 2012 Syllabus)

Pai, Madhukar: Global Health Research Needs More than a Makeover video of UCSF grand rounds presentation

University of California Berkeley: Decolonizing Bodies in Public Health

University of Michigan: Decolonizing Public Health Proposed Syllabus

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: Decolonizing Global Health Conference Reading List