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Michael Jennings

Michael Jennings is Reader in International Development at the School of Oriental and African Studies, or SOAS University of London, where he works on issues related to global health, and the politics and history of global development.

Articles By Michael Jennings

First World/Third World and Other Binaries: How We Talk About the World Matters By Michael Jennings - Jun 28, 2021

For anyone living in ancient China’s Zhou empire in the first millennium BCE, understanding the world was simple: they were in the “Zhongguo,” or Middle Kingdom, and everything outside was barbaric. Understanding the world at the height of European imperialism also was easy. On maps, vast swaths of territory were colored in hues denoting each … Continue reading “First World/Third World and Other Binaries: How We Talk About the World Matters”

If a New Malaria Vaccine Works, Support for It Might Actually Decline in the Developed World By Michael Jennings - May 4, 2021

Lost in the deluge of news about Covid-19 vaccines have been the momentous strides made recently in fighting other major health challenges. Among these is malaria. In April, it was announced that a vaccine developed at the University of Oxford’s Jenner Institute had achieved 77 percent efficacy in trials. While we may still be several … Continue reading “If a New Malaria Vaccine Works, Support for It Might Actually Decline in the Developed World”