- History of science and medicine, especially eugenics and human experimentation
- Gender politics
- Imperialism and colonialism
I’m engaged right now in completing a book that interrogates the idea of nakedness, arguing that rather than indicating our comfort with the natural and the sexual it reveals our deep ambivalence about this apparently natural state. Nakedness, certainly within the Judeo-Christian world, has always been deeply political, wielded as a means to relegate the unruly. In art and in religion, among missionaries and scientists, in law courts and on beaches, nakedness has been a flashpoint of protest and of expression, and remains so today. This apparently natural state has occupied a remarkable amount of legal, political theological, social, cultural and economic space.