My work sits at the intersections of public health, anthropology, and politics. In both international and domestic contexts, I am particularly concerned with questions of who gets to have a voice in health initiatives, the forms that participation in health can take, and the political impacts of charity.

For the past decade, I have been studying the use of crowdfunding to address health crises in the United States, including the use of crowdfunding amid the COVID-19 pandemic. For Americans experiencing chronic and acute illnesses, fundraising through crowdfunding websites has become a popular method to pay for the extraordinary costs of health care and medication. You can read more about my medical crowdfunding research here. My book on crowdfunding and what it reflects about the US health care system is forthcoming in Spring 2024, from MIT Press.

Much of my earlier (and ongoing) research explores the impacts of global health initiatives on diverse communities, and the politics of global health governance. To this end, my first solo-authored book,  Mistreated: The Political Consequences of the Fight Against AIDS in Lesotho, examines how HIV and global health program expansion in Lesotho impacted democratic institutions and altered citizens’ political worlds. Read more about the book here. I also co-edited Case Studies in Corporations and Global Health Governance: Impacts, Influence and Accountability with Kelley Lee (Simon Frasier University) and Ross MacKenzie (MacQuarie University) (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). With Richard Parker, I co-edited the volume, HIV Scale-up and the Politics of Global Health (Routledge, 2015).

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  • Kenworthy, N., Storeng, K., and Zenone, M.* (2023) The Global Technology Sector as a Commercial Determinant of Health. In Maani, N., Petticrew, M., and Galea, S., eds. The Commercial Determinants of Health. New York: Oxford University Press, 197-208.
  • Storeng, K. and Kenworthy, N. (2022) Global Health 2.0? Digital Technologies, Disruption, and Power. In Global Health Watch 6. New York: Bloomsbury, 105-127.
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