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Project Team

Sarah Hodges

Professor Sarah Hodges
Principal Investigator, University of Warwick, UK

Sarah Hodges works on the politics of health in colonial and postcolonial India (particularly the Tamil-speaking south). Hodges' interests lie at the intersection of a number of fields: modern South Asian history, cultural studies, and the history and anthropology of science, technology and medicine. For the project, she is examining the role of India in the international political economy of pharmaceuticals, 1970-present. She is particularly interested in how, within this international political economy, "fake-ness" is mediated by and through an under-examined engine of global Indian pharma: the middle-man. These middle-men are at the heart of her current "What's at Stake in the Fake" project writing: Small Pharma.

Julia Hornberger

Professor Julia Hornberger
Principal Investigator, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Julia Hornberger is a social anthropologist who works on questions of policing. She started out with a focus on policing and human rights in Johannesburg, and more recently she has shifted her focus towards the policing of health and intellectual property rights.

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Dr René Gerrets
Principal Investigator, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

René Gerrets studied social anthropology at New York University where he developed a keen interest in African societies and cultures, linguistic anthropology, international development, and the sociocultural and political-economic dimensions of disease, medicine and science.

Amy Evans

Mrs Amy Evans (University of Warwick, UK)
Project Coordinator

Amy Evans is the Research Centres Coordinator. She provides a range of administrative services for various research projects and activities in GHCC/EMECC and the History Department at the University of Warwick.

Dr Christopher Sirrs (University of Warwick, UK)
Affiliated Researcher

Christopher Sirrs is a historian of medicine and health, joining the University of Warwick from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). His recent work has focused on the history of international public health, exploring the intellectual and policy history of ‘health systems’ as the concept gained prominence in the twentieth century.

Ms Rhoda Bandora (University of the Witwatersrand)
PhD Student (Anthropology)

Rhoda Bandora is just finishing an MA student in Anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her research interests lie at the intersection of hegemonic narratives about women's bodies and women's attempts to contest and subvert these hegemonic meanings. Within this project, Rhoda is undertaking ethnographic research in Tanzania. Her MA research asks questions about how women's access to contraceptives--or lack thereof--is both informed and complicated by a corollary circulation of narratives about fake medicines.

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Mr Keketso Peete (University of the Witwatersrand)
PhD Student (Anthropology)

Keketso Peete is a PhD candidate at the University of the Witwatersrand. His research interests lie in questions of morality, criminality, and people's relationships with licit and illicit drugs.

Dr Ushehwedu Kufakurinani (University of Warwick)

Research Fellow

Ushehwedu Kufakurinani is an Economic Historian trained at the University of Zimbabwe and formerly a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Heritage, History and Knowledge Systems at the University of Zimbabwe. His research interests have evolved from gender and imperial studies (colonial period) to more contemporary economic and social research themes. His project research investigates bodily desires, fake (drugs) and sexuality in Zimbabwe.

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Dr Edmore Chitukutuku (Sol Plaatje University)
Affiliated Researcher

Edmore Chitukutuku is an anthropologist of the state. Within What's at stake in the Fake, he is exploring how xenophobia fuels and is fuelled by contemporary fake-talk in South Africa. His PhD and subsequent research investigated violence, conflict and peacebuilding in Africa. His interests also include policing, security and military studies. For the project, he will be conducting ethnographic and archival research in and about South Africa.

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Dr Nishpriha Thakur (University of Warwick)
Research Fellow

Nishpriha Thakur is an anthropologist of markets. Her areas of expertise include business communities of Gujarat, networks of trade, and how everyday understandings of work and routine shape and are shaped by language and practice. For the project, she will be conducting ethnographic and archival research in and about the Indian pharmaceutical sector and its networks in Africa.

Shalini Rudra (University of Warwick)
PhD student (History)

Shalini Rudra is a health economist. She is interested in the use of public policy frameworks to improve population health. Her training in demography, economics, public health and now, history, helps her apply an interdisciplinary perspective to understand and analyse developmental concerns. For the project, she will be undertaking archival and oral history research to understand the role of India, Indians, and Indian pharmaceuticals in the contemporary history of the global access-to-medicines movement.

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Kel Weinhold
Project Productivity Coach

Kel Weinhold is a former university professor in the fields of journalism and communication who now works as a strategic communications and academic productivity coach and consultant. In addition to having enormous savvy about the ways of university management and politics, Kel is a dedicated advocate of work life balance and is the sworn enemy of neo-liberal work creep. In addition to her university experience, Kel has spent 35 years as a working writer, 25 as an editor and five as a productivity coach. She knows all of the sneaky ways that imposter syndrome and perfectionism try to run the show.


Erin Martineau
Project Writing Coach and Editor

Erin Martineau received her PhD in anthropology from the City University of New York (CUNY) in 2006. As an editor and writing coach, she works with authors at every stage, from developing their manuscripts and to polishing the final draft. She also leads writing workshops for small groups. More information about her work can be found here:


Dr Zoe Goodman (University of Warwick)

Research Fellow

Zoë Goodman is an urban anthropologist. Her work explores how racialized minorities shape city life in East Africa, with a particular focus on Muslims of Gujarati origin in the Kenyan port of Mombasa. For this project, Zoë is providing research support on fake vaccines, as well as laying the foundations for forthcoming research on Covid and Indian Ocean tele-medicine networks.